"Poets approach death in fear" In light on this statement, show how poets explore the theme of death.
In 'Since She Whom I Loved', the speaker expresses grief instead of fear towards his lovers death
Romantic/Religious imagery at beginning suggests acceptance
- "since she whom I lov'd" - resigned tone, acceptance
- "heavenly things my mind is set." - now that she has died, end stopped
- "admiring her my mind did whet/ To seek thee, God;" - only mildly complains, as her death enabled him to love god more...
- AO3ii: some critics believe the poem is selfish response to his wife's death, whereas others believe he is simply grief stricken
However, repeated water imagery implies ambiguous ideas - new life or danger
- "streams so show the head" - demonstrates how her death led him to god
- God “hast fed” his “thirst” for love - loving God is not sufficient and has caused him to love his wife more
- "holy thirsty dropsy…