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I will be comparing three poems. The three poems will be "To One In Paradise" by Edgar Allen Poe, "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" a translation by Frank O' Connor and "The Voice" by Thomas Hardy.

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English Coursework: Compare and Contrast Three Poems For my English Coursework I will be comparing three poems. The three poems will be "To One In Paradise" by Edgar Allen Poe, "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" a translation by Frank O' Connor and "The Voice" by Thomas Hardy. All three poems are about someone who has lost a loved on and long to have them back. The thing that makes these three poems so good is the fact that the poet's souls are poured out in words; you can really understand the grief that the poets are feeling. All three poems depict the inner and most secretive feelings of the poets about love and death. Each poet express their emotions through poetry, for them, for them the opportunity to write there feeling down on paper offers them some conciliation and comfort for the traumatic life they now feel they are living after the death of a loved one. Each poet has experienced a whirl-wind childhood and what all three poets have in common is that the expression of grief, loneliness, despair and pain over the death of their loved ones who they cherished of the centre of their lives. Death Death is the total assertion of life process that eventually occurs with all the living. The state of death has always been obscured by mystery and superstition. The precise definition of human death remains controversial and differs according to culture and legal system. ...read more.

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Shortly afterward Poe enlisted in the army and served a two-year term. In 1829 his second volume in verse, Al Aaraaf, was released and he effected a reconciliation with Allen, who secured him an appointment to the US Military Academy after only a few moths at the academy, Poe was dismissed for neglect of duty and his foster father disowned him permanently. Poe third book Poems was published in 1831 and the following year he moved to Baltimore, where he lived with his aunt and her eleven-year-old daughter Virginia Clemm. The following year his tale "AMS. Found in a bottle" one a contract sponsored by Baltimore Saturday visitor. From 1835-1837, Poe was an editor from the southern Literary Messenger. In 1836, he married his young cousin. Through out the next decade, much of which was married by his wife's illness, Poe worked as an editor for various periodicals in Philadelphia and New York City. In 1847, Virginia died and Poe himself became ill. His disastrous addictions to liquor and alleged use of drugs, recorded by contemporaries, my have contributed to his early death in Baltimore on October the 7th 1849. To One In Paradise From the title, "To One I Paradise" and the first line of the poem, "Thou wast all to me, love" shows us how he loved and still loves his dead wife. I think that this line sets the tone for the rest of the poem because it tells us that his love is gone when he says, "wast". ...read more.

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No more - no more - no more" This tells me that he is being to accept it that she is gone but he is also saying that his life is over by saying "The light of life is o'er" "(Such language holds the solemn sea To the sands upon the shore) Shall bloom the thunder - blasted tree Or the stricken eagle soar" He then goes on to make an about turn in my estimation because he writes " Such language holds solemn sea" as if to say if I keep going on like that I will never let her go and I will never get on with my life. Then I think he says goodbye to her by saying, "Shall bloom the thunder - blasted tree or the stricken eagle soar". In my opinion he uses this to say goodbye because he is saying that they will go on no further. I think he uses that quatrain to say goodbye to his beloved wife. Although he found it difficult to say goodbye, he knew he had no choice. "And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams" These two lines shows that even though he wanted to stop thinking about his wife, he could not as she preoccupied him in his thoughts and dreams. "And where thy grey eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams" This tells us that everywhere he looks and every step he takes, she is all that he can see. "In what ethereal dances, By what ethereal streams" In the closing lines of the last stanza his lover forever haunts him. ...read more.

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