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Francis Beaumont, James Shirley, John Donne and Dylan Thomas are poets who write about death. They write in

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To some poets death is the beginning of a new life, but to others death is finality. Discuss these aspects with close reference to the work of two or more poets. Francis Beaumont, James Shirley, John Donne and Dylan Thomas are poets who write about death. They write in very different ways. Francis Beaumont and James Shirley both write in a similar way, and John Donne and Dylan Thomas both write in a similar way. To Francis Beaumont and James Shirley death is finality whereas for John Donne and Dylan Thomas death is the beginning of a new life. 'On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey' is a poem written by Francis Beaumont. 'Think how many royal bones Sleep within this heap of stones:' The above quote shows that even the royals, who had everything, die, and when we die we will just disappear under the heap of stones where we will be buried and never be seen again. 'That the earth did e'er suck in' This line from the poem suggests that when we die we are sucked in to the ground, this is when we are buried, and this happens when we are dead. ...read more.


would die but he would have an after life or go to heaven and death would not be able to beat him. This may also suggest that John Donne believed in God and that God would not allow his soul to die. 'Rest of their bones and soul's delivery!' This suggests that he will die but his soul will not, his soul will carry on and it will be beginning of a new life but in a different form, or someone will go to heaven. 'Thou'rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,' This suggests that death is a fate to the kings, and that because kings have a lot of power; death will not have the authority to kill. It also suggests that desperate men cannot survive. 'One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And Death shall be no more: Death, thou shalt die!' This suggests whether we are awake or asleep we all wake up in heaven in the end. What this means is that when we are sleeping, we are not really a hundred percent sure if we have fallen asleep or are still awake. ...read more.


John Donne was a priest and therefore because he followed God and was most likely to be religious he believed that there is a heaven and God. In conclusion I believe that that all four poets have there own way of writing about whether they believe that death is finality or the beginning of a new life. The poets may have their reasons for believing in what they did and perhaps this is the way they thought of life the beginning or the end. I disagree with both James Shirley and Francis Beaumont as I believe that death is not finality and that we can have an after life. I agree with Dylan Thomas as I believe that no matter how high or low our cast we will die and become the same and it is up to the soul to carry on and make the next person a better person, and this is why I disagree with the fact that if you are a lower cast you will not go to heaven because I believe that you can improve in your next life and that is the reason for the next life; so you can improve on the mistakes you made in the previous life. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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