This includes the thematic concerns, the poetic devices, the phonological inclinations and the poetic diction among others. Therefore, in the analysis and comparison of Emily Dickinson and A.E. Housman’s poems,…
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For instance, the analysis of death in both is examined from a solemn point of view. Dickinson uses symbolism and allegory to communicate the futility of life when death strikes (Holden and Birch 113). There is the use of humanism to make death animate especially as noted in the first stanza, second line. The persona depicts the powerful nature of death to pluck humanity from their comfortable environments to a state of oblivion. In other words, Dickinson’s use of allegory takes the form of being powerless in the presence of death. On the other hand, A.E Housman uses phonological sounds such as consonance, alliteration and assonance to reveal the permanency of death. In the first stanza, he uses the morning dream and night to dream to reveal the times of life that are affected by death.
Additionally, in the superseding lines he uses say and day that are both consonance and assonance in the representation of the futility of life. There is also the use of symbolism in the third stanza when he explains about a tongue that speaks with lungs that shout. This is another revelation of how death is treated with respect and reverence in the lives of both personas in the poems. However, it is also noteworthy to observe the use of metonym in the poems to explain the internal and external repercussions of death. For example, in ‘The Immortal Part’ by A.E. Housman, he describes a brain that hums hive of dreams in the last line of the third stanza. This is a clear indication of the fundamental roles played by the brain for human judgment in life. Apparently, this is also manifested in Emily Dickinson’s poem where she talks about a death that did not acknowledge hurry in the first line, second stanza (Christensen 139).
Another significant comparison is based on the use of personification and iambic pentameter to communicate the theme therein. For instance,
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However, the meaning of the poem is very elusive. Using various images and fusing them with the central idea of death, Dickinson makes the readers quite death-friendly. This paper is an analysis of the poem to see how the “Gentleman-caller’ takes away his beloved and how she reacts to his call.
It is within the cycle of life and performs a function that is not outside of the boundaries of what is to be expected or how it should be perceived. Poem 712 by Emily Dickinson personifies death, suggesting that it is a person who is a friend to Dickinson, rather than an event that will happen in her life.
Because no human can experience it and then relate the experience, the poet is always approaching the topic a priori. As such, every poet presents death as a different experience based on his or her interpretation.
John Donne, an English poet of the 17th century and Emily Dickinson, an American poet of the 19th century have both shown interest in the issue of death. In their respective poems, “Death, Be not Proud” “and Because I Could not Stop for Death,” they raise questions concerning society or expressing their philosophy of life.
[Name] [Professor] [Course] [Date] Essay on Dickinson’s ‘Because I could not stop for death’ Emily Dickinson, the renowned American poet, was going through social isolation along with dealing with her ailing and aged mother, when she wrote ‘Because I could not stop for death’ in 1863.
The most profound symbol in “Because I could not stop for Death” is Death, who is described as a gentleman, and the driver of the carriage that stops for the speaker. This man is immediately identified as Death, but unlike the harrowing visions of the Grim Reaper that many of us are familiar with, he is depicted as a suitor, a kindly gentleman wanting only to escort a lady to her final resting place.
spective, most likely colored by aspects of Dickinson’s personal life, there is little to point to in her poem, “Because I could not stop for Death,” that affirms it. The use of imagery in the poem can be more realistically explored from a more commonplace and less
According to the author, the poem “Because I Could not Stop for Death” got published back in 1890. It belongs to those poems by Dickinson that focus on death and dying. While the topic seems quite sombre to explore, Dickinson loved to write about death. In this poem, death is portrayed in an image of a suitor.