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Emily Bronte-Cold in the Earth Critical Analysis

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Cold In the Earth: A Critical Ananlysis. On surface level, it seems that "Cold in the Earth" is a poem about the lose of a beloved. It deals with grief, a sense of despariring, and a feeling of coldness. However, "Cold in the earth" is not a display of grief but an exploration of the psychology of loss. The title "Cold in the Earth" gives a feeling of coldness; frozen, desperate despairing sensation, an aura of death and loss. 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. The first stanza describes the love that Bronte has lost, and is full of emotion. "Deep snow piled above thee", this quote has two purposes. Firstly it describes the snow, which adds to the feeling of coldness, leaving a frozen, desperate, despairing sensation, which contrasts to the warmness associated with love. The fact that the 'snow is piled above thee' enforces the fact that her lover is gone, far beyond reach and can never be retrieved. ...read more.


In the fourth stanza Bronte apologises to the beloved's memory for forgetting him, if she has, "Sweet Love of youth, forgive if I forget thee". She gives an explanation for her lapse in remembrance; the pressure of the the world and its affairs as well as more desires and avenues to explore, but there is also a tone of regret in the poets' choice of words; "hopes which obscure but cannot do thee wrong.", this statement insinuates that even though she may have other desires she never forgets the beloved, and the love she feels for others will never eclipse the love she felt and still feels for him. As if to give support to the previous statement the poet dedicates this stanza to the memory of the beloved, if the previous stanza stirred his memory, then these four lines are filled with an emotion similar to the ones persona felt shortly after his death. Almost as if her regret and remorse has been refreshed by the memory of the beloved. The words 'Sun' and 'Star' are both capitalised as if to enforce the effect that the beloved had on the persona. ...read more.


Another important aspect found in the poem was the stress on the ballad-like structure and lyrical as well as dramatic affect. The extensive use of commas, question marks, hyphens, and semi-colons all contribute to the lyrical affect of the poem, which reverbreates in the mind after reading it. The sprinkling of alliteration, "...wearing wave?", " ..ever, ever...", "...desires and darker...", and the anadiplosis of the "Cold in the Earth" and "All my life's bliss" contribute both to the dramatic and lyrical affect as well as the strenthing and stressing her wandering thoughts. There is a psychological flow in the poem: Firstly, her memories of Bronte with her lover is frozen along with the 'deep snow piled above' her lover's corpse. Secondly, she is in the dilemma of forgetting her beloved and these memories or not. Then, she represses her wish to die and leave this world ('Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten down to the tomb already more than mine'). 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 confused and torn as ever before. ...read more.

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