/ This is number three (Plath 21-22).” In the poem she describes the two previous attempts at killing herself when she says “The first time it happened I was ten. /It was an accident. /The second time I meant to last it out and not come back at all (Plath 35-38)”. She describes death as “an art” that she does “exceptionally well” (Plath 43-45). The narrator is clearly miserable with her life and considers suicide to be the only solution.
Summary of the last leaf A woman nicknamed Johnsy (Joanna in modern English) has come down with pneumonia, and is now close to death. Outside the window of her room, the leaves fall from a vine. Johnsy decides that when the last leaf drops, she too will die, while her best friend Sue, who stays with her, tries to tell her to stop thinking so pessimistically. In the same apartment building, an elderly, frustrated artist named Behrman lives below Johnsy and Sue. Behrman has been claiming that he will paint a masterpiece, even though he has never even attempted to start.
takes on a slightly different approach that states the narrator?s loss. In ?The Raven?, there is a black raven that comes rapping at the narrator?s chamber door. This rapping comes while he is mourning the loss of his wife ?Lenore? or Virginia. In one of the paragraphs of this poem, he refers to the bird as his friends.
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” a short story by Katherine Anne Porter, describes the last thoughts, feelings, and memories of an elderly woman. As Granny Weatherall’s life is fading she sees her life before her eyes and the title all of a sudden makes more sense. She is filled with disappointment due to relationships in her life. She has failed with everything and everyone in her life. She is filled with fear in her last moments, all alone.
This image also contains anger – the ‘white’ (9) knuckles of a clenched fist, and a ‘dark crime’ (10) that follows her mother, as inextricably bound to her as the sea is to the moon. Further isolation stems from the ‘blackness and silence’ (28) of the yew tree, representing her father. Plath’s own father died when she was just eight, and this event would support the autobiographical reading of the poem. However even in death, or ‘silence’ (28) the yew tree is still closer to Plath than the moon, which is completely detached. The persona also feels alienated from nature and her surroundings, much as she tries to find meaning in them, but instead of comfort, she simply finds nature’s ‘griefs’ (3) added to her own.
What is the poem saying about old age and peoples attitudes towards it? How does the poet put this across? In this piece of poetry R.S Thomas depicts the story of a person going to visit an elderly woman, perhaps a mother or grandmother as they reach across the abyss of time to pay their homage to each other. In the poem ‘Ninetieth Birthday’ it depicts a tale of a long journey thorough a remote area to visit an elderly woman who seems lonely, isolated and remote from the society and the modern world, physically as she dwells deep in the countryside and mentally due to her lack of communication with others, as she seems left behind and forgotten about. The underlying theme of this poem is the difference between the elderly women and
Miss Gee Auden tells the story in Miss Gee through a series of phases in her life which are used to create a big impact. As we read the poem ‘Miss Gee’ we begin with a conservative women who is very lonely and seems to have no relationships with anyone, whether that may be family, friends or something more intimate. Further on we create an image with Auden’s words about the temptations Miss Gee has and the struggles she faces in order to control them and if she does actually want control over them. Then at the end we interpret that Miss Gee has died, however the last few stanzas of the poem contrast greatly from the image we have in the beginning. Through a relatively short poem we invent a lifelong image of a person because of how Auden tells us the story.
One of her poems in which romanticism stood out in was, I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died. The title may not seem very romantic to some, but what is between the lines shows that romanticism was at the center of Dickinson’s writing. She wrote this poem during the Civil War in 1862, but it was not published until 1896 in her third collection of poetry, Poems by Emily Dickinson (“I Heard a Fly Buzz—When I Died—”140). In line one; Dickinson makes it clear that the narrator of the poem is already dead and reflecting back on the experience of death. During the experience, their attention shifts from the thought of dying to the buzz of a common fly (“I Heard a Fly Buzz—When I Died—”140-141).
Diane Glancy’s Polar Breath explores the lonely death of the central character. Unnamed and unaccompanied except by spirits and memories of her dead husband, the protagonist is dragged into the beyond. Glancy’s depiction of nature as harsh and unrelenting, and her use of vivid imagery create a claustrophobic setting that does not relax until it has “closed [the protagonist] up.” Glancy’s depiction of nature throughout the story suggests it is at odds with and exclusive from the unnamed protagonist. The anonymity of the main character further highlights her meaninglessness in the face of the power of the environment. “The birds chattered in the fir trees”, highlights an energy and life that is not accessible to the story’s character.
Paper Summary: In W. H. Auden's poem, "Funeral Blues," the speaker uses well-constructed poetic language and form to convey her attitude toward the subject of death. It explains how Auden manifests an extremely bitter interpretation of hopelessness and eternal sadness on the part of the speaker as a result of losing a loved one. The speaker in the poem is deeply saddened about the loss of her loved one and the fact that it was a force beyond her control. This person has been taken from her life in haste at a most inopportune time, and she feels as though her life has become pointless. It shows how, through Auden's use of tone, language, and structure, he portrays a very well-defined image of death and its effects on the individual, which is by no means desirable.