Stevens’s style has changed from his earlier poems, from using adjectives to intensify nouns to nondescript facts and numerous repetitions which symbolize the return to the former stasis. In the poems World without Peculiarity and Burghers of Petty Death, Stevens puts in contrast the importance of parent’s deaths to a son and the unimportance of those same deaths to the world. The poem The Region of November shifts his writing topic from lamenting the deaths of others to lamenting his own. The second premise deals with fear and anger. In the poem Madame La Fleurie, Stevens realizes, that nature is the evil that will take his mind and body in the end.
In the poem “I Heard a Fly buzz-when I died” (Emily Dickinson) the title clearly shows the vision of death as well. As the reader proceeds to read the stanzas it makes a literal appearance that one is dying in the poem. For example, quotes that reflect a death in the poem “I Heard a Fly buzz when I died” by Emily Dickenson are “The Eyes around-had wrung them dry”.
Carol Ann Duffy, a Scottish poet and playwright (born in 1955) wrote the poem Mean Time. It is primarily about someone mourning over the loss of their relationship. It’s an emotive poem that uses a lot of strong words to evoke the pain they are going through. The title in itself it very strong; ‘Mean Time’- the word ‘mean’ implies an intense negative emotion which sets the reader up for the depressing poem. The title could also be about Greenwich Mean Time - it could be a metaphor for when the clocks go back and we lose an hour of our daytime; darkness comes quicker (like the darkness had come into the poets life since she lost her lover) and what should be the ‘right’ time (GMT) is suddenly ‘lost’, like her lover was lost.
‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘Refugee Blues’ by W H Auden use the theme of loss for contrasting reasons. The poem ‘Disabled’ focuses on the physical aspect of loss where as ‘Refugee Blues’ centres on a whole community who experience an emotional loss when they are excluded from society. The two poets utilize the theme of loss to reveal their message to the reader and educate them about the ethics of war and the morality of persecution. Wilfred Owen educates the reader on the ethics of war by using the image of loss to display the detrimental effect war has upon people and their livelihoods. For example, ‘why didn’t they come and put him into bed?’ This quote from the last line of the poem underlines the fact that the poetic voice can’t preform everyday tasks for himself, because of the physical loss he has endured as a direct effect of the war.
The theme is very unusual, really. It means that people can still be hesitant about death. They can get distracted by something as small as a Fly. The Fly is one of the main images we see when we read the poem “ I heard a Fly buzz – When I died”. The death in the poem seems to be painless, but the vision of death is gross, like a Fly.
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.
White Room Jack Bruce and Pete Brown Explore how the poets have used a range of language techniques to convey a negative image. Without love and affection many will succumb to grief and regret. In the poem “White Room” by lyricists Jack Bruce and Pete Brown, a man shares his emotions towards a lost love and the sadness and depression caused by separation. The disorderly structure of the poem which is expressed in the jumbled imagery and stop-start stanza's, has been used to create a negative image of emotional difficulties and an unstable relationship experienced through heart break. As well as using metaphor, free verse, transferred empathy, refrain and litotes, the lyricists have used imagery to create a mental image of darkness and grief.
Stop All The Clocks by W H Auden How do language, imagery and structure contribute to the poem’s mood? Stop All The Clocks, by W H Auden, is an emotional poem, of deep sadness, that drenches the poet’s feeling on how he felt since he has lost his loved one. Auden uses a variety of language and imagery to show how he is feeling about the death of the man that he loves. In this essay, I will explore how the language, imagery and structure of the poem contribute to its mood. The poems structure is that so it has four quatrains, this means that it has four stanzas whereby each of them has four lines.
It is often said that the sense of loss is conveyed through Tennyson's poetry, the death of Hallam has a clear effect on how his pieces of work are written, also the amount that Tennyson is affected changes between poems, for instance "Break, Break, Break" never once mentions that Hallam is dead, but the way that Tennyson writes the poem suggests that he has lost someone, whereas in the poem from "In Memoriam" that begins "I held it truth, with him who sings" throws out the concept of death right from the start, this could perhaps show that Tennyson is no longer fazed about writing about death, so his mentality is changed as well. It is also important to notice that throughout "In Memoriam" love and grief are the most presented themes, so much so that they are even capitalized at some points. 'Break, Break, Break' begins with "Break, Break, Break, on thy cold gray stones, O Sea!" 'cold gray stones' shows that Tennyson's world is dull and bleak, and the repetition of 'Break' brings about a sense of predictability and inactivity, as the same thing happens over and over, and it emphasizes that the waves of the sea will continue to keep breaking, and also no matter what, time goes on, and is not "dead" like Tennyson describes it later on in the poem.The next lines "and I would that my tongue could utter the thoughts that arise in me." this shows that Tennyson can not put into words how he feels at the time because he is so affected by the death of Hallam, but the other people on the beach (The boy and the sailor) can.
In this paper, we will look at , a poem. We will discuss a piece by Dylan Thomas, and its content, form and style, as well as my interpretation, in hopes to understand how this writer see death, and shares emotion through their writing. Dylan Thomas wrote; “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.” A poem, the writer created in honor of his dying father. This poem is “associated with endings, change, and imminent unknown challenges.” (Clugston, 2010) This poem talks about fighting against death. With words like, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” (Thomas, D., 1952) In “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” poet Dylan Thomas uses metaphors for death.