Death In Poetry Essay

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Poetry can be defined as “The art of a poet.” In most art, one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions are expressed throughout their creations. How people cope with grief after death is commonly expressed in their writing of poetry. Some poets express the grief they feel about losing someone through sadness and despair. Others express the admiration and respect they had for the person before the passed on, and after they are deceased. Some people deal with their grief by closing others out of their process, and others revisit old memories, reminisce about their loved one, and re-experience the pain they went through (Hansson, Stroebe). Death is not something people tend to think about. It is often either far away, or not fully understood (Jones, page 94) In Connie Webb’s poem, “Loss” she uses punctuation to ask questions. “How do you go on?” and “What makes you go on?” are two questions asked in this poem. These questions show the reader that the speaker does not understand why their loved one passed on. When someone does not understand why someone has died, it can cause severe depression due to the unreality of death, especially in adolescents and young adults, who are not yet as accepting of death as older people may be (Jones, page 94). In this poem, the speaker questions how they can move on after the death of their loved one, but in the last line of the poem, they say “the answer to loss is to treasure the memories Of our loved one For as long as we have a memory We never lose out”. This contrasts their feelings from earlier in the poem, because they are answering their questions about the death of their loved one, which shows their acceptance of the loss. Webb’s use of diction also contributes to the theme of the poem because she uses words like “terrible” and “lingering” to describe the pain the speaker is going through. These words give the reader an
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