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Death in “Cold in the Earth”, “TheToys” and “Autumn”.

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Death in "Cold in the Earth", "The Toys" and "Autumn" The theme that links my three chosen poems, 'Cold in the Earth', 'The Toys' and 'Autumn' is that of death. Each of the poems successfully cover different aspects of death and show how people cope and react to death in differing ways. The poem 'Cold in the Earth' deals with the loss caused by a death and how people cope when they experience feelings of loss. It is a subject to which many people can relate, so Emily Bront?, the authoress has written the poem in such a way that everybody who reads it gains something and can apply it to situations in which they have encountered or have been affected by death. On reading the poem, death is viewed from the viewpoint of the voice in the poem which has never accepted that 'my Only Love' has died. The narrator expresses the view of death as 'Cold in the earth and the deep snow piled above thee' and 'cold in the dreary grave'. This indicates that he/she has not truly acknowledged that the person has died and therefore will be unable to feel or sense anything like the cold ever again. The poet uses the repetition of 'far' in the phrase 'far, far removed', the purpose being to emphasise the fact that the narrator feels that his/her lover's grave is so far away in 'Angora' (Turkey). However, it makes the reader realise that their separation is much more than geographical, for they are separated by death. Emily Bront? capitalises 'my Only Love' thus putting emphasis on the fact that the narrator has never moved on or loved another person since the death. The poet has tried to make the poem very powerful and dynamic so that it has an impact on the reader. To achieve this, she uses strong words, when necessary, to emphasise the terrible scenario. ...read more.

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It is fifteen years later (a long time) and he/she is still feeling despair and grief, Bront?akes it clear that this is unhealthy and wrong. 'The Toys' written by Patmore also deals with emotions concerning death. 'Cold in the Earth' has a regular pattern and rhyme, 'AB AB', to emphasise that what the voice is feeling seems like a constant emotion. However, in 'The Toys' the poem does not have a regular pattern or rhyme through out as the feelings are not as consistent. However, if you look closely then it can be seen that when the poet and the narrator get emotionally aroused, the line structure is anything but regular. Also, the poet does not include the same number of syllables in each line, which was not typical in pre-20th century poems. This does help to show how emotional and unsure of themselves and the situation the narrator and his son are. In 'Cold in the Earth' the problem was that the woman could not come to terms with or accept that his/her love had died. However, in this poem the poet illustrates how a man and his son have attempted to come to terms and cope with the wife/mother dying. The poem is written without commas at the end of the lines so that they run on like a conversation, helping the reader relate to what the narrator is saying. The poet refers to the boy as 'My little Son' this makes the reader aware that the boy is quite young and vulnerable. Even though the boy is young he seems to be attempting to cope with his feelings of despair. The boy has surrounded himself with very insignificant and inexpensive objects. However, this is a good example of where sentimental value can be the most important thing. The objects must remind him of happy times that he has experienced helping him to remember everything in a positive way. ...read more.

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When Keats begins to talk about the 'stubble' it shows that the harvest is finally over. However, another important idea is then introduced, helped by the phrase 'rosy hue'. It shows that you have to be optimistic about what has happened as everything happens for reason. When all of the fruits are cut down and 'killed' it is to provide people with necessary food. After it has been cut down, it grows back as it is a reoccurring cycle. The reader is forced to relate this to life where you have to appreciate the sadness of death in order to experience the joy of birth. It is important to know and accept both feelings. There is then a 'wailful choir' from gnats, which indicates mourning of the death, almost like a funeral. This is complemented by the word 'sinking' which indicates something going down that cannot be pulled up again. This is the case with the seasons and death. Once a season is coming to an end, it cannot be kept going and when something is about to die, it cannot be saved. Sometimes you have to accept that you have to let nature take its course, without interference. To finish the death of summer, Keats introduces the idea of the swallows migrating to warmer places. However, the poet makes us realise that as summer is ending autumn is beginning. As one thing or life dies, another is born. So, in conclusion even though Keats writes about the death of a season, it is so universal and well written that it forces the reader to apply it to human life. I think that the main point that Keats portrays in his poem is that all good things must come to an end. However, as one thing dies another is born and it is a constant cycle. To celebrate a new creation it is necessary to feel the upset of another one ending. He stresses that it is all to do with nature and should not be tampered with. ...read more.

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