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Cold in the earth is not a display of grief but an exploration of the psychology of loss. How does Bronte convey this message?

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3. 'Cold in the earth is not a display of grief but an exploration of the psychology of loss.' How does Bronte convey this message? 'Cold in the earth' is an exploration of Bronte's psychological journey, which is full of struggles and pain as she copes with her lover's death. It is also an account of how Bronte attempts to reconcile herself to the truth, although she appears to be unsuccessful in doing so at the end. She is trapped in her own psychological maze of loss, constantly alternating between thoughts to remember or forget her lover. ...read more.


Fourthly, she cannot let go of her love for him, and she doubts upon the thought of forgetting that 'divinest anguish', whether she can move on with her love without such thoughts of memories('How could I see the empty world again?'). At last, no conclusion is reached. Bronte is as confused and torn as before. In this way, we see that the whole psychological of loss is run in a circular path. Her memories of the 'golden dreams' are a 'divinest anguish' as it is only through recounting them that she could remember their times together. ...read more.


Bronte doesn't want to forget him, but reprimands herself for holding onto her thoughts of him and being unable to move on with life. Readers can see Bronte's contradicting mindset. The contradictory nature of the poem is intensified in the last three stanzas. It is through her lover's death she 'learn how existence could be cherished'. But for her lover, she wouldn't realize how precious their memories were, and would not realize that a human could actually survive and live without happiness, 'without the aid of joy'- as she is living now. The poem provides different perspectives of viewing the idea of loss and how one copes with loss; it can be said to serve as a multi-way lens of viewing the idea of loss. ...read more.

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