Poems - Death/Loss

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  • LOSS/DEATH
    • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
      • structure
        • villanelle with ABA ABA ABA ABA ABA ABAA rhyme scheme
          • heartbeat
            • lifeforce
          • all stanzas other than the last reflect death's consistency for all men
          • final stanza having an extra line gives a feeling of closure
          • difference in final stanza is hopeful death could be inconsistent in the case of his father if he just fought
        • 5 stanzas with 3 lines, plus a 6th with 4 lines
        • repetition of the first and last lines of the first stanza
          • reflects the consistency of death
        • iambic pentametre
          • heartbeat
            • lifeforce
      • language
        • irony, oxymorons, word-play, and juxtaposition
          • 'blinding sight'
          • 'curse, bless me'
          • 'blind eyes could blaze...'
          • shows his conflict, knowing that death is inevitable but wanting his father to fight
          • 'grave men'
          • describes the paradox of death, and Thomas's feelings about it
          • 'frail...danced'
        • figuartive
          • 'words have forked no lightning'
          • 'frail deeds may have danced'
          • 'sang the sun'
          • 'eyes could blaze like meteorites'
        • repetition of types of men
          • reflects the consistency of death
      • tone/themes
        • death
        • fighting/ determination
        • battling death
    • Poem at Thirty-Nine
      • language
        • 'cooking, writing, chopping wood'
          • her life is like her fathers with domestic chores, but she relishes it and shows vivid engagement and even pleasure in them
      • tone/themes
        • appreciation
        • informal
        • bereavment
        • remembrance
      • structure
        • enjambment
          • reflects the weariness of her father
          • reflects the freedom that she has found in accepting his death
        • free verse
          • conversational tone
          • reflects the freedom that she has found in accepting his death
    • Remember
      • structure
        • sonnet form
          • ABBA ABBA octave
            • ABBA rhyme scheme gives it a more rigid feel
              • octave = instructions to remember
          • CDDECE sestet
            • less rigid, allowing the natural process of forgetting to occur
            • change in rhyme scheme creates shift in mood
        • two parts
          • octave = instructions to remember
          • sestet = the idea of forgetting in order to be happy
            • less rigid rhyme scheme, allowing the natural process of forgetting to occur
            • similar to 'Song' (When I am dead my dearest)
      • tone/themes
        • haunting
        • peace in death
        • acceptance of death
        • grief
      • language
        • repetition
          • 'remember'
            • softened by personal pronouns 'you' and 'i'
          • 'gone away' as a euphemism for dying
            • sadness of this emphasized by repetition and 'far' in 'gone far away'
        • imagery
          • 'I am...gone far away into the silent land'
            • intangible
              • 'you can no more hold me by the hand'
            • wistful longing
            • 'gone away' as a euphemism for dying
              • sadness of this emphasized by repetition and 'far' in 'gone far away'
          • 'you can no more hold me by the hand'
        • imperative
          • softened by personal pronouns 'you' and 'i'

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