Have No Fear, Death Is Here! Essay

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Have No Fear, Death is Here! In the following three poems, "That Time of Year", "Crossing the Bar", and "Because I Could Not Stop for Death"; they portray a positive view of death to help the reader reconcile dying. In “That Time of Year”, the poet Alfred Tennyson prepared his friend, not for the approaching literal death of his body, but the metaphorical death of his youth and passion. “In me though see'st the glowing of such fire, That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed whereon must expire,” this quote from the poem explains how the poet says he is the ember lying on the dying flame of youth, and that as the death proceeds, his youth will finally expire. Not all can be forever young, but sooner or later must begin to age and every breath you take, you draw closer to the end. As 'black night' closes in around the remaining light of the day, so does death close in around the poet. As the fire goes out when the wood which has been feeding it is consumed, so is life extinguished when the strength of youth is past. With time comes age and everyone has their end time. In “Crossing the Bar”, the poet Stephen Crane suggests that God is calling him. Everyone in this world will face their death and he feels it should not be a sad melancholy thing, but something everyone will come face-to-face with some day in their future. It is clear that the person can not escape or go against God's -1- request. “Twilight and evening bell, And after the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark. For though from out the bourne of Time and Place.” Everyone has their time and place and can not fight against it. When it is time, it is time. There is no need for sadness, because our days will come to a close also. “ I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar.” The poet speaks of how he hopes to meet God once he

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