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How Do The Poets Explore The Theme Of Death In Educating For Leisure, Mother In A Refugee Camp, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Remember, T

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Tone is very important in poetry as it plays a role in the way the characters within the poem are portrayed, the way we perceive the writers intentions and it sets the mood when reading the poem. This can clearly be seen with “mother in a refugee camp” as the poem overall has a very hopeless and harsh tone and this can be seen when the narrator of the poem say, “She soon would have to forget” in the context that the death of the child is inevitable and they are hopeless as they cannot defy destiny. This is also harsh as the poet does not cover up death with euphemisms but is very straight forward saying that there is no other choice other than to forget. When it comes to describing the ...view middle of the document...

With “do not go gentle” the tone is uniform throughout and doesn’t change from being commanding and somewhat pleading at points. The pleading tone can be seen in the poem when Dylan Thomas says, “Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.” This comes as plea to his dad to fight death and not give in and this also emphasizes Dylan Thomas’s desperation for his father to wake up and not give in. On the other hand with “Remember” the tone develops as you go through the poem and it goes from a commanding tone to one that is accepting towards the end and this can be seen when Christina Rossetti says, “Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.” This shows us that the character actually cares about the feelings of the person that loves her as she would rather that they forget and be happy than for them to remember and be sad. This development of tone comes as a natural due to the fact that the nature of the poem is a sonnet. Sonnets tend to convey a problem in the first octave and find the solution to that problem in the last sestet and this can clearly be seen in “remember” as she is telling them to remember but then she realizes that she cannot hold on to them forever and actually sets them free. As for “E for L” the poem on a whole is provocative and angry and this can be seen with multiple and ruthless acts of murder that he commits with no mercy at all. These include “I squash flies against the window” and “I pour the gold fish down the bog” these acts of murder emphasize how dangerous, psychotic and deluded this person really is. They also highlight how angry and provoked the person actually is on the inside. When the poet comes to talk about the psychotic person the poem starts to become more deluded and this can be seen multiple time within the poem when the person says, “I am a genius” or when they say,...

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