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Poetry Essay on Funeral Blues & The Triumph of Death

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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.


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.


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.

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