To begin with, this essay must summarize the poem's story written by the poet. At the very beginning, the first stanza presents someone who has disappeared from this world. The second stanza tells us about a woman who has lost something or someone really important, and how this affects her emotional state. Later on, the poem goes deeper in the woman's feelings of desolation. In stanza five, the poem explains the journey taken by the woman, in order to find the body of her loss, ending up with the encounter to a witch. The next stanza clarifies that she has found Hades world and not a witch, it describes the meeting and introduces the next stanza. Then, it is exposed what Hades told her, stating that her son (only at this stanza, this is clearly stated) is death somewhere they both know. Finally, the last stanza presents the resolution of the story, when the woman finds the dead body of her son and also what she has been aiming for during the journey: relief.
Afterwards, this essay must analyze the poem in terms of form. 8 stanzas, all quatrains, except stanza two and eight, which are quintets, compose it. Probably this distinction on extent is parallel to the relevance of those stanzas within the composition. As we can notice in stanza number 2, the old woman realizes her recent loss and it is the first emotion shown in the poem. On the other hand, the last stanza is more clearly shown why it uses 5 lines instead of 4, and it also has relation with the significance in the poem. The last stanza shows the conclusion of the poem, where the woman finally found the relief she has been looking for. In addition to this, the poet adds one last line in repetition form, in order to emphasize the fact that the woman's grief has ended at last.
Within the poem, there are some symbols that I am going to mention in this essay such as: the beam of her life, shattered glass, the flesh, the beam of her life, and God’s place. These four have been selected because of their implication in the story. The premier "the beam of her life" makes reference to her son. Although it is not explicit said until stanza 7, form the very beginning we can infer that the poem is about a mother and her son (even earlier in "her own blood" at the first line). The "shattered glass" refers mainly to the woman's heart as it is mentioned in the line before it; this is to represent how her love was affected because of her son's loss. The flesh alludes to the physical body of the son, as the author mentions that the flesh is what she is looking for. The last one, "God's place", regards to the heaven, and so to life after death as the son passed away, assuming also that the poet believes in heaven, as he mentions it.
Next, I am going to review some of the poetic devices I have found in the poem, stanza by stanza. The first stanza contains one analogy because it compares somebody's vanishing and a shooting star, probably because they both are unexpected events in life. The second stanza...