In giving death characteristics of being mortal it diminishes the effect of fear that death is associated with. Donne then goes on to personify death, giving the entity human characteristics, in line two, “Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so” and line nine, “Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men”, these characteristics make death appear defenseless and less fearsome. Throughout the poem metaphors are also present, he frequently compares sleep to death, and “From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow” lines 5-6. The metaphor suggests that since we derive pleasure from sleep, death should be more pleasurable. Also by referring to line five the “pictures” of death, is implied that sleep is just a short resemblance of death, making death seem effortless and comprehensible, removing the fear of the unknown.
‘A Valediction’ explores the importance of the balance between physical and spiritual love. Harwood explores the nature of both form of love and how each is needed to develop ultimate love. Harwood suggests that poetry can offer comfort and deepen the human understanding of life and love. In ‘The Sharpness of Death’ Harwood explores the nature of love, life and death, and the relationship between each. Harwood highlights the extreme contrast in ones perception of love, life and death when influenced by either philosophy or poetry.
Despite Sylvia Plath’s long, drawn out, detailed poetry, her poems revolve around a central message. Plath’s dark personality helped to shape her poetry. The use of figurative language, recurring images, and poetic elements of poetry allow active participation from the reader. The common theme throughout her poetry may not become evident until the poem is done being read. Plath is able to strongly convey a central theme of suicide by relief of pain, and the result of abandonment and inactivity.
Moreover, it features her longing for courage to face death. It also overlaps use of personification and pathetic fallacy on the surroundings to illustrate despondency and seclusion. The repetition, along with the aforementioned reasons, is used to literally bore the reader. At a deeper level Tennyson wants us to feel what Mariana feels: boredom. Another instance of significant repetition includes the reference to the poplar tree.
‘Five Bells’ continues to engage readers through its poetic treatment of mortality and mourning. Does this resonate with your own interpretation? Kenneth Slessor was the poet of time, of “the cold fact of time”, as he said in describing the genesis of his wondrous poem “Five Bells”. This poem is strongly engaging through its poetic treatment of mourning, as it is notably encompasses obvious elegy elements, directed towards his dear artistic friend Joe Lynch, but as Slessor mentioned, and from what can be observed, the poem is as much about the compression of memory in time, in relation to symbolic and literal mortality. The poem offers not answers, but questions towards the meaning of existence, and is toned with a sense of failure, loss and desolation, as it seems that neither Lynch's art, nor the art of the poem, can defy death.
The syntax of the poem is structured into a series of dependent clauses forming incomplete thoughts such as “And absent yet enjoys the bloody day”, and is common throughout the work. More than likely, Wilmot portrays these incomplete clauses in order to indicate the central theme of the speakers’ ultimately unfulfilling life of pleasure. Comparisons are necessary in this poem in order to format a sense of good and bad coinciding together. To make these comparisons, Wilmot’s fills his poems with similes such as “As some brave admiral, in former war”, and “As from black clouds when lightning breaks away”. These comparisons add a sense of non-linearity and complexity to the poem.
and is a crucial part of understanding the meaning of the poem beyond the literal sense. As far as poetry goes, life and death seem to be a very popular theme. This is only reinforced by the fact that it can be in Ozymandias. There is a lot of death in the poem. The person the statue is supposed to represent is dead.
His life shaped his poems and short stories; all the misery, sorrow, romantic feelings Poe suffered was expressed through his poems and short stories. He was part of the famous American Romantic Movement, consequently, most of his work was dark and disturbing. Most of Poe work deals with these two subjects, beauty and love often become complete in death, as in his short story "Lenore" or in his poem "Annabel Lee." Edgar Allen Poe believes that ultimately happiness is not forever, no matter the outcome pain and misery will always will be the ultimate outcome, he feels like this from his personal experience. The Bells, deals with a particular type of bell and seeks to establish a specific mood.
In “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which is an abstract diction and has deeper meaning lying inside it, the poet gives us a beautiful image by explaining different views in the poem .However; we can see the beauty of his art by understanding the deeper philosophical meaning beneath the poem. The poet used personification, metaphors, symbolism, synecdoche and refrain to compare the cycle of nature with cycle of life. The main message of this poem tells us that with all the different effects that we cause to nature, eventually nature will dissolve us, our experiences and ideas and continue on its path. The Persona in this poem is the poet himself who gives us different images from a town and it’s sea shore .In the first line of the first stanza “The tide rises, the tide falls “(l.1), the poet is talking about a repeating cycle in nature. By paying close attention, we see that at the end of all three stanzas in this poem, Longfellow used refrain by repeating the same line.
Emily Dickinson and the use of death as symbolism One of the best ways to portray a feeling or expression is by using symbolism, which most poetry does a good job of, however, there are few better than poetry by Emily Dickinson. The poems written by her are abstract enough where she could be talking about death and she is really talking about how she barely left her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts. She also uses symbolism to show the internal struggle of some things, such as losing your mind, symbolizing the felling of emptiness and loneness. “Because of I could not stop Death” is one poem that has the feeling that she is not saying what she means. The overall theme in the poem of death is actually another form of symbolism.