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The subject of life and death is a significant topic in the poem Remember, by Christina Rossetti, and On the Life of Man by Sir Walter Raleigh

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Compare how the writers of ?Remember? and one poem of your choice from the anthology express their strong feelings on a subject. ________________ The subject of life and death is a significant topic is the poem ?Remember?, by Christina Rossetti, and ?On the Life of Man? by Sir Walter Raleigh. Both poets explore certain aspects of life and express their controversial views, at the time, on these aspects. Rossetti was born in 1830 and was a key figure in the pre-Raphaelite movement which meant her work needed to have ideas to express that were abstract or hidden within. She was a devout Christian and suffered from illness, both of which affected her work and perspectives on life greatly. Walter Raleigh was an English aristocrat, soldier, courtier, writer, spy and explorer born in 1585. He was a rare specimen of a renaissance man but even with all that he had his views were different to that of the time and his poem reflects this. ...read more.

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The rhyme scheme is very rigid which reflects Raleigh?s idea of life being like a play as in a play the actors learn their lines and say them; they do not go follow any other tracks but their own set path. Both poets use restricted structures in their poems to highlight the importance of life and the need to break out of the restrictions society places on us preventing us from living life to the fullest however they address different issues concerning life due to the different time periods of the poets. Language is another key feature which enables both Rossetti and Raleigh to express their ideas. At first, Rossetti gives the impression that her poem is about remembering someone after they have died as she says she has ?gone away? in to the ?silent land? which can be interpreted as dying and going to purgatory. She talks of the ultimate separation of death with physical separation when ?you can no longer hold me by the hand?. ...read more.

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This ties in with his view on life and death as he says to live life so you have no regrets when death appears to end it. Rossetti, a sufferer of long term illness, has a similar message which is to look forward, not backward as it will only cause you pain and hinder your future. The two poems have very similar key concepts but they have been adapted by the poets for use in the time period they were written in to deal with the issues at the time. In conclusion, both writers express their feeling on a subject using language, structure and key concepts. Both poets use a restricted structure to demonstrate the constraints in society and the need to escape these. Both poets also use religious language to fit into society at the time while also undermining some of its ideals. What the poets do differently though, is how they adapt the similar key concept to the audience at the time as they lived in tome periods 250 years apart. Neil Lenus 10L ...read more.

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