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352 English - Poetry Assignment (Part One) For this assignment I chose "Death, Despair and Rebellion" as my theme. Finding eight poems that were relevant to this theme proved easier than I thought. This is probably due to the fact that I was allowed to use one poet as a source for more than one poem; therefore, all but one of my poems are by the same poet. That poet being Emily Bront�, and the other being Konai Helu Thaman. The titles of the poems were thus: Emily Bront� - "A Sudden Chasm Of Ghastly Light" "I Am The Only Being Whose Doom" "Strong I Stand" "Sleep Brings No Joy" "Death" "I See Around Me Tombstones Grey" "Shed No Tears O'er That Tomb" Konai Helu Thaman - "My Blood" I chose this theme because I had already read some of Emily Bront�'s poems, and she seemed to have a disposition towards death, despair and rebellion (hence my theme). Not all of the poems, at a glance, are easy to relate to the theme; you have to search for the underlying meaning, this is common throughout many of Emily Bront�'s poems. For example, Bront�'s poem "Strong I Stand" would, at a glance, fit a theme of rebellion, especially with the following lines: "How mankind have fought with me", "All the puny ways of ...read more.


Let me remember half the woe I've seen and heard and felt below, And Heaven itself, so pure and blest, Could never give my spirit rest. Sweet land of light! thy children fair Know nought akin to our despair; Nor have they felt, nor can they tell What tenants haunt each mortal cell, What gloomy guests we hold within - Torments and madness, tears and sin! Well, may they live in ecstasy Their long eternity of joy; At least we would not bring them down With us to weep, with us to groan. No - Earth would wish no other sphere To taste her cup of sufferings drear; She turns from Heaven a careless eye And only mourns that we must die! Ah mother, what shall comfort thee In all this endless misery? To cheer our eager eyes a while We see thee smile; how fondly smile! But who reads not through that tender glow Thy deep, unutterable woe? Indeed no dazzling land above Can cheat thee of thy children's love. We all in life's departing shine Our last dear longings blend with thine; And struggle still, and strive to trace With clouded gaze thy darling face. We would not leave our native home For any world beyond the Tomb. ...read more.


The tone of this poem, like many of Bront�'s others, is sad, but also thoughtful. This poem was a way for Bront� to express herself...it is conceivable that she wrote this poem as a way for her to overcome her feelings. Unlike "I See Around Me Tombstones Grey", this poem does not produce evocative images. You have to look at the words, and look for the hidden images, such as in the following stanza: "Sleep brings no rest to me; The shadows of the dead My waking eyes may never see Surround my bed." The hidden image here being she can only see "The shadows of the dead" when she is asleep; hence the image of Bront� in a disturbed sleep. The poem causes the reader to look upon their own dreams, and search for any hidden images within their own subconscious. It leaves the reader with an understanding, yet again, of Bront�'s life. This poem probably has more success with a wider demographic of poetry readers, simply because the words used allow for even the simplest of minds to understand Bront�'s feelings. Bibliography: 1. Van de Weyer, Robert (ed.). Poems: Emily Bront�. Great Britain: Fount Classics, 1996. 2. Hamilton, Elaine (ed.). Three Of A Kind: Poetry Through Themes. Milton, Qld: Jacaranda Press, 1986. 3. (2001), America Under Attack: Full Coverage Report, [Online accessed 12th September, [2001] URL: http://www.cnn. ...read more.

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