William Gass, however, doesn’t seem to totally agree with Larkin in his essay Exile. He claims that we don’t have to be afraid of death because it is a destiny that once reached, will relieve us from the exile of life. Nonetheless, he is not entirely on the opposite side either, believing that death is not something to celebrate because the final destination is not where everything starts, but where everything ends. There is nothing but end there. Comparing the two works, we can see that what decides the authors’ opinion about death is actually how they see lives.
Many of Tennyson's poems can be seen to support the view that his poems are 'merely obsessed with the dark and painful nature of the past' as many of them touch upon the dark subjects of death and isolation. For example, in his poem 'Break, Break, Break' there is a clear focus on the death of a close friend. However, another poem of his, 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal' is less nostalgic but could still be used in support of this statement. Similarly to one another, natural imagery is used throughout both poems, however their effects are contrasting. For example, in 'Break, Break, Break', Tennyson can be seen to use imagery from the sea to represent the strong distress he is feeling and his inability to express his emotions surrounding the topic.
In opposition to Edwards beliefs, through his work Thanatopsis, Bryant portrays an acceptance of death. He believes that one shouldn’t live in fear of dying, in fact, he actually states the opposite in his poem. When one is being overwhelmed by thoughts of death he
They believe man can be doomed to die or granted prosperity in life. The Anglo-Saxon poems, “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament” exemplify this creed of the limit of one’s free will. The speakers question how wryd affects their lives. The speakers in all three poems use the human condition to comment on the role wryd plays in life. By doing so, the speakers show that fate and destiny remains stronger than free will.
Knowing that death can happen at any moment has different meanings to different people. “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas is a perfect example of one person’s view of death. This poem suggests that old men should resist death as much as they can. They should want to try to live for as long as possible and fight off death. “Old age should burn and rave at close of day,” shows the author wants old men to fight for life when close to death.
The decisions he makes during the day don’t keep him up at night, His faith in fate leaves him unscathed, it allows him to move forward, to come back and save people the next day. Npt everyone can be saved, not everyone can be healed. People must die to allow others to be saved, Talzani knew this and he believed
“It is when his absence is glaring that God is most necessary.” Sulphuric Acid by Amelie Nothomb p. 44 To believe in a higher being is a natural human comfort; it helps to put our minds at ease when we are confronted with a question we cannot answer and gives us hope about life in general. However, perhaps the downside of believing in God is that during the times that we need him the most, it appears that He is ignoring our cries for love and support by simply disappearing. This quote from Nothomb’s novel Sulphuric Acid not only applies to the story she portrays, but also in George Clooney’s Goodnight and Goodluck. Although these two stories seem to be completely different expressed in two different ways, they have one thing in common: the subject on relying on God when there’s nothing or no one else to turn to. Since this quote was derived from the pages of Sulphuric Acid, the meaning best applies to this story.
It is written in the context of a letter, not just from Brooke, but from every young soldier to their loved ones, warning them of the possibility of his death, and stating it would actually be a good thing either way, hence ‘if I should die’, with the word ‘if’ being important, as there is still a possibility he will not. Brooke uses visual imagery to get across the idea that dying isn’t as bad as one would think. He says ‘Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home’ to insinuate a very peaceful English feel to death, as if being English makes death more like a restful sleep, which makes it seem like the two conflicting things, war and peace, are actually entwined with each other, justifying the conflict if not glorifying it. These phrases also have an effect on the reader, calming them when they think of war, a sharp contrast to the reality of conflict. The implication is that if every Englishman was to die this way then it suggests that this would make the world a better place, and that the war is almost worth it, hence slightly glorifying it.
By comparing the differing attitudes of composers toward the same issues one can see how their view is affected by their context. This is evident in exploring the perspectives on love and death, time and religion presented in selected sonnets from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Sonnets of the Portuguese” and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1926 American novel, The Great Gatsby. The different attitudes of the composers are portrayed in the way the deal with the same themes and issues that surrounded their eras, but in their own environments. Death is an inevitable part of life, death should not cause us to live in fear, but rather to live our lives in the very best way that we can. This is shown within Barrett Browning’s first sonnet as she ponders on Theocritus, who sings about love as Elizabeth Barrett Browning considers her own hopeless and worthless existence.
Imagine a life without God, and imagine eternity without God's ultimate purpose and perfect plan for each one. We will go back one day to our Creator for this life of ours is just borrowed. Spiritual death can be remedied by surrendering one's life to Jesus Christ, by making Him the center of life, and by yielding the borrowed life to His perfect will. A short life is better than a life so long lived but wasted and untapped. A quality life is measured by how much you have used it to serve the purpose of God.