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Compare And Contrast Essay

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In response to the works of writing I’ve read in chapters 19-26, each poem has a subject matter relating to the title of the chapter. Each chapter has its own theme brought into the works, but each piece of writing I’ve read told its own spin of the subject creating it’s own theme. In the paragraphs below, I will compare and contrast the difference between the themes they all portray. I’ve chosen to limit myself to only poems, because I feel that the little that is said makes it easier for me to grasp an image to what is being said and also helps to build the story more in my mind.
In Chapter 19, “Thinking Critical about Poems”, I chose the three poems, “ I heard a fly buzz –When I died”,“ ...view middle of the document...

At the end of the poem, it feels as though she tells us when she dies and takes her last breath saying, “ And then the Windows failed – and then I could not see to see -.” I think she says, “ the windows failed” meaning at that point, her eyes shut for the final time and she “Could not see to see”. The next poem, by Emily Dickenson,“ Those – dying, then”, she expresses a doubt that God exist and also says that, “ God cannot be found.” after people thought god would be there to protect them.
She uses a hyperbole to show an image of God being lost. She says, “ They went to God’s right hand – The hand is amputated now.” She also determines that even though there are doubts of god’s existence, it is better to have thought there was a light in the darkness than nothing at all. Even if its light is misleading and out of reach “Better an ignus fatuus than no illume at all.” Lastly for the chapter, the poem “The Starry Night”, by Anne Sexton, presents a lot of emotion and imagery in her piece. This poem is one of my favorites because this is one of my favorite paintings from, Vincent Van Gogh. Anne only shows the imagery of death saying, “The town does not exist except where one black-haired tree slips up like a drowned woman into the hot sky.” She brings out the emotion that she is alienated or trying to escape when she denies the rest of the town which people are alive and living. It’s not a place where she wants to be. She implies a suicide by the way she describes the tree slipping up like a drowned woman meaning that the tree is descending away from life. I feel this poem is about her wish to die, which she makes clear in all of her poems. These three works all dealt with death, but in the first one, the form of death was from the point of view of the dead and decending from the world and leaving the family the love behind. The second was death and the belief and disbelief that god will be there after you die. Lastly, the third was a point of view of how the speaker wants to die and how they view life and their desire to be free from the pain on earth.
In Chapter 20, “The World Around Us,” Presents the works of writing in the point of view of the speaker and what they see and experience around them in their world. The first Poem, “Transformations”, by Thomas Hardy, is told by a dead soldier. In the first stanza, he uses yew in a graveyard to describe a family tree and points out that a branch may be his wife. This poem tells an alternative way at looking at death that potentially dismisses the sadness of loss and still finds lives lost living on and that death releases us to give access to a wider world. He tells the readers that nature could be their family or ones they used to know in where he says, “And the fair girl long ago –whom I often tired to know –may be entering this rose”
He makes death out to be something beautiful and a new world full of enchantment. In the next Poem, “A Noiseless Patient Spider”, by Walt Whitman, it starts out as a...

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