The Theme Of Death In Three Works Of Poetry

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper compares and contrasts three poems: two by Emily Dickinson “My Life Closed Twice Before its Close,” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” and John Donne’s Death Be Not Proud Though Some Have Called Thee, analyzing how the personification of death and abstract, powerful words are used to grab the reader’s attention, but the uses of tone and structure create three very different ideas and different poems.
“In the first poem by Emily Dickinson, death is implied by the word “Immortality.” The first stanza, lines three and four, “If Immortality unveil a third event to me,” is where personification appears. The second poem by the same author uses personification for three different things. The very first two lines, “Because I could not stop for Death” “He kindly stopped for me-“, introduces the audience to the driver of the carriage. In the fourth stanza the speaker talks about passing the sun, but then says, “Or rather-He passed Us-“(13), bringing the sun to life. I should also mention that throughout this journey “The Carriage held but just Ourselves And Immortality.” (lines 3-4), personifying an idea. In the third poem by John Donne, the entire piece is addressed to Death as a person. It begins, “Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;”(lines 1-2). By using personification, each author transforms his work into a powerful statement. Bringing this abstract concept into the tangible, concrete world makes far more ominous and more frightening.”


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