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Time In Poetry Essay

  • Submitted by: HHarocks
  • on April 30, 2009
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,105 words

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Themes are the essence of most, if not all, forms of literature. One of the most used themes in literature is time. Time is an often used theme because not only can it stand alone it can also be used to bring forth other important themes. Out of all the forms of literature poetry uses times most forcibly to bring out other themes perhaps because of its short nature. Three poems which are mainly based on time but also use time to bring forth other themes are Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”, Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and T.S Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
    In Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” there are two major themes time and death and as is the case with many other poems of the same nature, time is used to bring more emphasis to and progress the theme of death. The first stanza refers to Death as a gentleman for he “kindly stopped” for the speaker as he was to take her along her journey. This is in high contrast to a more common view of death in which it is personified as a sinister unforgiving character who is merciless and unforgiving in his task. The second stanza states “We slowly drove—He knew no haste” (line5) which points out how slowly Death’s carriage progresses while taking the speaker away as if time was of no importance. The things that the speaker observes during the carriage ride suggest that instead of death being the end of life it is actually an extension of life for it can be interpreted to be just as a part of and important as birth and other detrimental aspects of life. There are three images which depict this ideology. Firstly, the children playing “in the Ring” (line10) is useful because not only is a ring a circle which symbolizes the life cycle it can also be interpreted that the children were in fact playing “Ring Around the Rosy” which is a children’s game that symbolizes death because of it’s association with the black plague. Secondly, the fields of grain can be...

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