The coming of the night symbolizes the coming of death- night is the end of the days and death is the end of men’s life. The curfew bell which knells symbolizes the coming of death; the knelling of a bell tells the community about the death of a person. Romantic poets write poems that has little thing to do with external events. Poems don’t give a clear plot but a clear image of what’s happening within the specific moment. In the Elegy of Gray, the only plot that readers know is that he was left somewhere in the churchyard to think about things, the succeeding stanzas discussed what was on his mind- his thoughts about dying and the death.
This metaphor suggests that the speaker is very near the end of his life because “by and by black night” (7) will take away all remaining light. Shakespeare enriches the metaphor by personifying death and night, “Death’s second self ” (8). Again, Shakespeare takes advantage of traditional associations between the cycle of the day and the cycle of life to emphasize that death is an inevitable and natural part of life. Then, in the third quatrain, Shakespeare develops a complex metaphor of fire to suggest the progression through life to death. The speaker compares himself to the ember stage of a fire.
The narrator is clearly miserable with her life and considers suicide to be the only solution. Killing herself would relieve the pain she feels on a daily basis. “Daddy” is another poem that demonstrates Plath’s common death by suicide theme. In the poem, she writes that “At twenty I tried to die / And get back, back, back to you. / I thought even the bones would do (Plath 58-60)”.
The fire at the lighthouse draws a parallel to the fire in the house which killed Thomasina, in that it represents the loss of academic ideas at different points in history. This is particularly significant, because as the in the present day characters such as Bernard, Helena and Valentine are halted in their search to discoved past events. Thomasina fumes at how the destruction of the Lighthouse hindered the intellectual progress of science, maths and literature in her time. Septimus explains how the ideas that were lost will be found again in the future, using the metaphor of a path representing time. This ties in with another key theme of the play, chaos and the
We find more out about what this tragedy that befell him is and we discover that the supposed date of this unfortunate happening occurred in the month of December. Poe uses the phrase “dying ember” to insinuate that someone had died, and also that it is cold as well. Death is reinforced with the use of ghost in the same sentence as dying ember. We can begin to assume that Lenore is the lost lover that he is grieving for. He hears the curtains rustling briskly and is immediately filled with horror of something that he can not see entering his living quarters.
In addition, as Agamemnon is dying, if his wife closes his eyes he would have his peace finally. Instead, he is left lingering, looking at her. The journey Addie’s family takes her body is on depriving Addie’s of her peace, even after death. Book XI of the Odyssey also shows Elpenor, who died by falling of a roof, in it. Unlike Cash, Elpenor was irresponsibility drinking and falls to his death.
He uses the words, “black night” which represent the aging process and “Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest,” which represents the final sleep you take when you are shut in your casket. In the third quatrain of this poem, Shakespeare tells his lover, “In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,” saying even though I am old and dying, you still see the young man I once was. However, my youngness is now turning to ashes and these ashes will become my death bed. In this quatrain, the speaker is giving us a hint of how his outward appearance differs from his state of mind by using a slower reading of the lines, allowing us to reflect on the emotional tone that each image creates.
Acceptance The theme of the poem acceptance is accepting thing that you cannot control such as the sky becoming dark or knowing that everyone in the world is going to die eventually. The poet uses nature as an example which is in comparison to human or his life. Ghost House The poem ghost house written by Robert Frost conveys us the theme of a persona reuniting with a house he use to know, but is now gone. This is trying to represent the personas family or loved ones that once lived here and in which they no longer do. Stopping by the wood in a snowy evening.
She doesn’t want to be pitied for those things which one can’t stop like passing of the day, it is natural for the sun to fade and darkness to set in. Season by season the time will pass and the fields will become thickets. She then carries on the idea of nature dying and becoming less and less beautiful, ‘beauties passed away from field and thicket’; this shows us that the magic and beauty of nature soon dies as ‘the year goes by’ (winter sets in – death is inevitable). She has taken this idea from her own experiences in life though we find them difficult to grasp. She uses the ‘waning of the moon’ and the ‘ebbing tide’ to show the retreating nature.
The main idea of the story is death-in-life. The young woman’s husband tends to see the icon not in her body, but in the portrait he has painted. His ambition to create a lifelike painting is at the end - paradoxically - the reason for his wife’s death. The confusing and paradoxical relationships between art, life and death constitute the thematic center of the story. 5.