When Death Comes Essay

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Alexis Chappell November 7, 2011 English Final Draft Compare and Contrast In the poem “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver she talks about how death is to her. The author explains that death comes for everyone at anytime but it our job to see what we do with our lives before it arrives. Oliver talks about how she is more curious about death compared to other people who feel it. Mary focuses the whole poem on death, but she makes it stand out in a different way she turns the most negative part in life into the most positive. Mary by using images to make us see that life isn’t meant to waste. So we need to live our lives to the fullest. The poem speaks for everyone. If we’re living why should we just waste it? Everyone was put on this earth to do something or to become someone and if they live in fear or don’t appreciate. “I want to step through the door full curiosity, wondering; what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?” Mary just explains why people worry so much about death if they never felt or experience it. Mary successfully explains with great detail what she believes in death and the readers understand what it means for a life. What that author is trying to show every reader is life is meaningful to everyone but it’s their job to do something with the life they have. Life isn’t just a giving so we should be happy and appreciate what we have because lot of people do not have what we have, meaning a better life. “I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy, and as singular, and each name comfortable music in the mouth tending as all music does, toward silence, and each body a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth.” After my reading the poem made me think “Do I take every opportunity that I get?” No, but I do try to always try to do the right thing and stay true to myself. This poem opened my

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