Till Death Do Us Part Essay

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Till Death Do Us Part Mortality is a word that has haunted men throughout the ages. Many people have pondered the idea of death and what it brings. Three poets from the Romantic era thought about the idea of mortality very deeply in many of there poems. Byron, Keats, and Shelley use the ocean, a nightingale, and an ancient statue to describe mortality as something that should be feared and can not be overcome. In “Apostrophe to the Ocean” Byron talks of mortality in relation to the ocean. Byron speaks to the ocean talking of the empires and fleets that have come and gone throughout time. He says that man conquers land but “his control stops with the shore”. He goes on to describe all of the great empires “Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage” and how the ocean outlasted all of them. Finally he says that he loves the ocean because “of youthful sports was on thy breast to be borne like thy bubbles”. By using the ocean as an example Byron shows us that death is endless and cannot possibly be overcome. Also by using “the Armada’s pride, or spoils of Trafalgar”, he shows us that we should fear death because it can destroy the greatest things. John Keats in “Ode to a Nightingale” discusses the idea of mortality very seriously. He describes the nightingale and says that his drowsy numbness is because the nightingale is “too happy”. He says that he wants some alcohol so that he can drink himself to death and “leave the world unseen”. He wants to forget the troubles he has had and says that the nightingale has not worries at all and he wishes he could be more like him. Keats state he has been “half in love with easeful death”, as if he just wants to drink himself to death. Towards the end he wakes from his dream, deciding not to kill himself. He fears death but decides to avoid it. He knows it can not be avoided but because of his fear of death he decides to continue

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