In “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”, Emily Dickinson uses imagery and symbols to establish the cycle of life and uses examples to establish the inevitability of death. This poem describes the speaker’s journey to the afterlife with death. Dickinson uses distinct images, such as a sunset, the horses’ heads, and the carriage ride to establish the cycle of life after death. Dickinson artfully uses symbols such as a child, a field of grain, and a sunset to establish the cycle of life and its different stages. Dickinson utilizes the example of the busyness of the speaker and the death of the sun to establish the inevitability of death.
This poem uses alliteration in almost every verse of the poem. A few examples are “curlew calls”, “sea-sands”, “towards the town”, and “steeds in their stalls”. The author uses alliteration to add effect to the poem, to make it more interesting and to keep the fluidity of the poem. Alliteration is one of the many reasons I believe that Longfellow’s poem “The Tide Rises The Tide Falls” demonstrates how life is a cycle that keeps recurring
Analyzing Symbolism in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Wraith” Edna St. Vincent Millay’s short poem, “Wraith,” is exploring the realization of coming closer to death. Through symbolism, the poem suggests the rain is the wraith of death creeping upon the narrator, as well as suggests that her house stands for her body. Throughout the poem, the narrator explores her uncertainty with coming to the end of life, and finally passing on in the last verse. Starting with the title, “Wraith,” the readers will find context from the poem when defining the word. As defined by Oxford Dictionary, wraith is a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.
Poetry, perhaps more than any other form of literary expression, signifies the human condition. For millennia, the simplistic complications of poetry have reflected the human behavior and summarized the meaning behind life. Few poems are more applicable to this way of thinking than Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Renascence,” an entrancing, winding, and clinical look past the physical realm and into the murky waters of the mind. “Renascence” uses the natural world to express the interconnection across the human species and the balance required for enlightenment.
Both speakers describe what they see and feel. Both poems suggest that there is an afterlife since the speakers are speaking from beyond the grave. In “Because I could not stop for Death” the speaker gives us a viewpoint of someone already in the afterlife. While in “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died” the speaker gives us a viewpoint of someone who is still alive but is about to die. The poems take the reader on a journey of what it is like to be dead and what it is like to be dying.
For instance, in her poem “The Duties of the wind are few”, she linked abstract things like pleasure or liberty to things from nature like wind. This poem is insightful and there is too much religion involved. She was rebelling against the ideals of the Puritan which involved her in a individual struggle with the existence of God, the power of nature and the meaning of love for each person. In addition, in her poem “Knows how to forget” she left on the surface the feeling of lost, love, pain and not
Poetic Techniques in “There Will Come Soft Rains” “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale. Throughout the poem Teasdale uses personification, impactful or interesting words, and alliteration to show the lack of a bond between nature and the human body. Teasdale uses these methods to create the theme, nature will continue to live on weather the human race does or does not, and continues throughout her poem to prove the theme with these three methods. In the poem she writes that nature will live on whether or not society does.
Life and Death A common theme is shared between the novel “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt and the painting “Fearless” by Deviant Art. The characters and the symbolism of these two texts inspires the theme that death is always a part of the circle of life.
In “The Death Of A Toad” by Richard Wilbur, Richard Wilbur uses various poetic devices in order to bring across the idea of death and its different features. Some of the poetic devices used by Richard Wilbur are rhyme scheme, symbolism, and simile. Wilbur uses these specific devices in order to make his point that there are two ways people see death which is that “they are no longer suffering and are at peace” and the “hard times and tribulation” during the grieving stage. Richard Wilbur uses the rhyme scheme aabcbc throughout his entire poem in order to follow the structure of a poem but also to convey the idea that there are two different aspects always taken when speaking about death. Wilbur uses rhyme scheme in the last two words of his
Permanence in Nature In the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” Robert Frost examines the idea that everything in nature and life is temporary. This poem analyzes the concept that things in nature are born and fade away so that the next cycle can take it’s place. Frost uses poetic elements such as images, figures of speech, and the setting of his poem to prove to his readers that everything, including themselves, is temporary and replaced, and, therefore, moments should not be taken for granted.
“The Tide Rises the Tide Falls”: Life Comes and Goes Maggie wrote her poetry explication on the poem, “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In her explication, the main point that she was trying to get across to the reader was that the specific line in the poem, “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” serves many different meanings. That specific line brings back the main tones that Maggie describes as calmness, consistency, and acceptance. The line also makes the poem flow and really sets the mood for the audience. Throughout Maggie’s explication she puts a lot of emphasis on the idea of acceptance toward the meaning of the poem.