“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” shows Emily Dickinson’s feelings of anguish towards death by conveying the magnitude of death that was prevalent in the nineteenth century. The poem illustrates a definite theme of Dickinson’s life being interrupted by death. “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” expresses how consumption literally consumed life and society during Dickinson’s time period by communicating the predominant emotions felt by those who lived in the nineteenth century. Dickinson does not appear to have written this poem in praise or criticism of society, but rather as an expression of feelings felt by many people who were plagued by death. Dickinson uses “Because I Could Not Stop For
The opening line of the poem says, “I felt a funeral in my brain.” This statement gives reference to her feelings to set up the metaphor. Then she describes details of a familiar event throughout the entire poem instead of personalizing it with details of feelings. In the end she gives reference to herself again to remind readers that it is in fact her feelings that she speaks of. In the poem Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas, is directed at an unknown listener, making in an apostrophe. Thomas uses sustained allegory to describe death.
Explore the ways poets present their feelings about relationships Both of these poems (Remembrance and 04/01/07) are both about death and loss in relationship, in 04/01/07 the loss is a mans mother and in Remembrance the loss is about a women’s lover who has died quite a long time ago whereas in 04/01/07 the man has just received a phone call from his brother informing him of his mother’s death therefore for the brothers just finding must then mean that the death has happened very recently compared to Remembrance because your first and automatic emotions towards a death are different to the ones after it sinks in for a while. For example one of the first emotions you will feel when you know of a death of someone near to you would be something like shock or a sudden rush of sadness but as time goes on the feelings change more over to the side of grieving and just missing the person in general. Firstly Ian McMillian presents his feelings from the get go of a very strong and emotionally tight relationship with his mother, we can clearly see this because as soon as he hears the bad news from his brother it immediately affects him and also quite strongly. “And I feel the tears slap my torn face.” This shows that he was very fond of his mother hence this sudden and strong reaction to the news of her death you would expect this from her son but this would not happen in all cases in which maybe the mother and son did not get on, he would still be sad that his mother had died but he may not of necessarily cried. In Remembrance however the way this poet (Emily Brontë) presented her feelings about relationships slightly differently due partly to the story told in her poem and the way that it’s written portrays different feelings.
Emily Thomas Professor Marshall English 1102 13 February 2012 The Experience of Death and Denial Throughout Life Although Miss Emily and Granny Weatherall are very different on the outside, their shared internal values and the way they experience death and denial are very similar. Death and denial can both create a significant impact on one’s life by causing many emotional and psychological problems. Death is something everyone has to experience in his or her life whether it is just a friend or a family member. Death can come by surprise or you can watch someone slowly die in agony, while being in denial can create the same effect. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Katherine Ann Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” they both examine the central theme of death and denial throughout the two short stories.
themes of “A Rose for Emily” “A rose for Emily “is tragic story of a woman called Emily who succumbs to mental illness while living reclusively according to the old-fashioned tradition of old south aristocrats. The story was written by William Faulkner and was first published in April 13 1930,in issue of forums. Most of the stories, poems and novels written by William Faulkner had themes of evil and the corruption of mankind like race gender religion and politics. As for a rose for Emily although there were a lot themes in the story but the theme of decay and death were the most prevalent through out the entire story. For example the story begins with death of Emily and then we see Emily’s dad death and then she kills Barron to make sure that he never leaves her.
Death and Mental Illness In Literature Gary Boudrie English 125: Introduction To Literature Bernadette Anayah October 12, 2009 Death and Mental Illness in Literature Death seems to be a common theme within the forms of literature. Whether it be written in a literal form , symbolic form, or metaphoric form, The authors seem to weavea pattern of expression which describe their feelings, true or not, describe the journey by symbolism, or use metaphoric phrases to describe the misunderstanding and a descent into madness over the death of a loved one. There are many different types or forms of literature. Poems, stories, and plays of all different types and genres portray the authors focus on death, sometimes as a beautiful thing and sometimes as an ugly thing, but portrayed none the less. Many such works can be connected by this literary element of mental illness and death.
“Wanting to Die” by Anne Sexton “Wanting to Die” is one of Anne Sexton’s third collection of poems in her Pulitzer Prize book titled “Live or Die.” The ‘theme’, which seems to stand out the most in this poem, is the choice that Sexton must make between life and death. Consequently she insists to die because of her painful life and hopeless state of mind. Sexton famously said, "Poetry led me by the hand out of madness." She also argued against this perception in her interviews. In an interview with Patricia Marx, Sexton denies that writing "cured her": "I don’t think [that writing cured my mental illness] particularly.
In Emily Dickinson’s allegorical poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” the narrator uses the extended metaphor of a funeral to describe the loss of a part of mind (most likely her sanity). By doing so, she seems to distance and isolate herself from the people and events that caused her loss, instead choosing to detail the progression of the funeral to parallel her descent into madness. This allegory is supported by different structural aspects of the poem, which include choices of words or groups of words to illustrate different aspects of the funeral and the emotional state of the narrator, as well as the overall form of the poem. While the words Dickinson uses are straightforward and easy enough to understand the first time around, on closer reading her word choices are very specific. In the first line, she writes, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” (1), which very clearly tells the reader that the funeral she is about to recount is internal and is being held for some part of her mind.
Faulkner’s imagery creates this sickening idea of embracing a dead body. Faulkner’s story is about the decay of the mind, body and social environment. The story begins with “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral.” (90) This opening into Faulkner’s story starts with the form of physical death but as you read on, you will see that it is much more than physical death. Death will soon emerge in many other forms than you would have imagined. The death in the story is not so noticeable as you begin reading.