Different Natures Of Death Portrayed In Poetry Teacher Asked "Why Isn't It Finished?"

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Erica PrinceEnglish IV DCMrs. SummersApril 5, 2004Different Natures of Death Portrayed In Poetry "Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other," Mohandas Gandhi. Death is something that happens to any living thing, and it is something that everyone has to deal with at least once in their life whether it be the death of someone/something they know, or even their own death. People die; animals die; plants die; seasons fade away; even things within us, whether in our mind or in our body die. Death is found in many things besides life; it is found in novels, biographies, fantasy books, journals, and even in poetry. Poetry can be defined as, "writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm". In poetry, there are many types of deaths; death of children, violent death, death of innocence, and even the death of something once beautiful. There are some deaths that result in pain, nothing, or possibly even a rebirth or something terrible or beautiful. Through poetry people have been able to express these different kinds of death. In poetry, things are not always easily found. Sometime we have to look for hints the lead us to our conclusions about what a poem is really about. Other time it is obvious, almost like a donee. Death in poetry comes in many shapes and/or forms. Death can be found in poetry using foreshadowing, figurative langue, or many other things that help allude to the true meaning of the poem.. In "Here a Pretty Baby Lies" by Robert Herrick, "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson, "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath, and "she being Brand/ -new" by E.E. Cummings, an array of deaths are portrayed by their authors using irony, dues ex machine, and double entendre. First off, is "Here a Pretty Baby Lies" by Robert Herrick. This poem is about the death of a child. Herrick's poem, thought extremely short, is saturated in irony. "Here a pretty baby lies/ Sung asleep with lullabies:", is used and alludes the reader into thinking that the baby is peacefully sleeping in it's crib, being sung to sleep. In the two following lines, the true irony is revealed; "Pray be silent and not stir/ Th'easy earth that covers her." The irony is clued by the words "Pray be silent and not stir". At this point, the author is cluing the reader in on what has really happened to the little girl. The line can be taken two ways. One could either interpret it as someone praying that the leave quietly and not wake the baby up, or interpret it as someone praying for their lost child, but being silent as to not stir their own emotions. "th'easy...

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