• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Poetry Essay on Funeral Blues & The Triumph of Death

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Poetry Essay on Funeral Blues & The Triumph of Death The title of the poem 'Funeral Blues' tells me that it has something to do with death straight away because of the word Funeral. As everyone knows this is associated with death. The word 'Blues' reminds me of death because I remember the sad kind of tune that Blues music conveys and it reminds me of a loss of something. 'Funeral Blues' is a negative sort of atmosphere. I feel this by the tone of voice the narrator uses and you can almost see the anger building up inside of her. The poem, 'The Triumph of Death' reminds me of death because of the actual word death. The actual meaning of the 'Triumph of Death' means that death wins over life. This is a very positive attitude. The narrator of 'Funeral Blues' is a female whom has lost someone she treasures and loves a lot. I know this because she says, 'Stop all the clocks' which to me means she is trying to stop time so that she can have some time to herself, to think things through about what she is going to do now her loved one has gone. ...read more.

Middle

Which means he doesn't want to be remembered. In Shakespeare's poem the advice which is written is to forget about him and don't mourn for him but to tell the world he has gone. The message on the other hand in W.H. Audens's poem is that the whole world should know and stop what they are doing and think about what has happened to her husband and care that he has gone forever. She thinks that her life now is not worth living. Shakespeare's narrator says, 'That I in your sweet thoughts will be forgot' and the words 'Give warning to the world that I am fled' meaning to tell the world he is dead and gone forever. For W.H. Auden's poem I can back my answer up by saying, 'Let airplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky HE IS DEAD'. And 'For nothing now can ever come to any good'. This is how he try's to emphasize to the reader that he has gone forever. In 'Funeral Blues' the mood of depression and sadness is in the air, also fear because she doesn't know what to do now her loved one has gone. ...read more.

Conclusion

I don't think I personally would interpret death in this manner, because you never know what is going to happen or what the consequences may be. On Shakespeare's poem you can see that he believes in life after death from these words which are used. He shows a very negative attitude to the world. The poem 'The Triumph of Death' is a sonnet, and I know this because it has exactly fourteen lines. Also every other line rhymes with the one before it, this does not include the last two lines of this particular poem. This poem is written in old English so one may find it hard to understand. This is because it was written in Shakespearean times. This poem uses feelings and spoken things to express it. 'Funeral Blues' is an ordinary poem with four verses; the rhyme pattern is every two lines rhyming with eachother. This poem is written in Modern English, I know this because I can understand the text better. For example the word phone is used which is modern technology. The usage of words is more appropriate to the modern day (20 - 21st century). This poem uses feelings, metaphors and material things such as the word jug etc. to express her feelings. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. Critical appraisal of Musée des Beax Arts by W. H. Auden.

    The second poetic paragraph has a colloquial tone. The use of the phrase "for instance" and the way in which the narrator refers to Brueghel's painting, The Fall of Icarus as "Brueghel's Icarus" rather than by its full title, creates the informal conversational tone, and also implies some degree of assumed knowledge of the reader by the narrator.

  2. As Shakespeare and Tennyson are individuals, it is understandable that their views on old ...

    When he dies he does not want anyone to grieve for him, as he himself will not. "When I put out to sea" he sees death as the beginning of a new journey. This shows that he thinks dying is just the start of the journey.

  1. A Comparison between Dulce et decorum est. by Wilfred Owens, and Refugee Blues by ...

    repetition in the chorus of a song, using 'my dear': "Yet there's no place for us, my dear, yet there's no place for us." The poem has some characteristics of blues lyrics, which are traditionally slow, and sad with three lined stanzas.

  2. "Poems of Lonely Terror." (W. H. Auden) A Critical Discussion of Arnold's 'Dover Beach', ...

    clashing with each other, na�ve of who their enemy is and are aimlessly slaughtering each other - the representation of Arnold's outlook on society. The issues of transience and disillusionment are rampant in 'Dover Beach', as are their links with faith and time.

  1. War Poetry

    There is agony and desperation in the word "plunges." There are hard consonant sounds and onomatopoeia, "guttering, choking." He uses the extended metaphor again that the man is drowning. "In all my dreams." At this point he is talking in both present and past tense. After the event he has recurring nightmares about this incident.

  2. World War One Poetry

    to do so, telling his mother "I now do most intensely want to fight." The following spring, Owen returned home a changed man, suffering from shell-shock. "The Ballad of Peace and War" is a stark contrast to Owen's later poems, demonstrating how his experiences in the trenches changed his opinion of war.

  1. The changing tradition of war poetry

    It also makes the reader involved without realising. This poem has a strong rhythm and rhymes so it can be easily put into music and sing along to it. A metaphor has been used throughout the poem "who's for the game".

  2. Comparing the two poems Refugee Blues by W H Auden and Disabled by Wilfred ...

    take care of him and he will do as they say following their rules to live the rest of his life. He just hopes and prays that someone will remember him and come and take care of him. Owen applies harsh words to emphasise what he is wearing, ?Ghastly suit

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work