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The two poems " Because I Could Not Stop for Death" and " Death be not proud" both look at the subject of death.

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Poetry Essay The two poems " Because I Could Not Stop for Death" and " Death be not proud" both look at the subject of death. Poem 1 Death is not proud written by John Donne looks at death by using personification. Poem 2 Because I Could Not Stop For Death written by Emily Dickinson looks at death through using a metaphor of a journey. The poem" Because I Could Not Stop for Death" is about death and death being arrogant with its power, immediately makes the reader stop and think about what the poem could possibly be about. Poem 1 begins by using repetition of the title to emphasise that death should not be proud of its actions. The second line builds on this by switching the mood completely; making death look friendly and welcoming by saying " he kindly stopped for me " this might make the reader think that death is not bad after all. On the third line the poet uses a metaphor when he says the words carriage this might imply it is a coffin also it might imply death is not such a nice character after all, he is more like our perception of the grim reaper which adds to the tension in the poem making the reader think is death evil or a kind gentle figure. In the final line of this verse the writer uses the word "Immortality" which sounds like a promise of ever lasting life, which gives the feeling of hope. ...read more.

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This is effective because it makes the poem flow easily. The voice of the poem is the passenger on the journey. This is shown by the journey through time as though the passenger is commentating on it this is shown by the quote "He kindly stopped for me", the mood of the poem begins as though death is a kind figure this is exaggerated through the use of adjectives such as " kindly stopped for me" this adds to the descriptive nature of the poem so you can get more of a feel for the setting and type of person. The message of the poem is that death is one of life's inevitable processes, which happens to all of us, which may make the reader think about life and to live it to the full. The poem is effective because it makes you think twice about life and to make you want to life it to the full, it makes you realises that death is going to happen to everyone. Poem 2, " Death be Not Proud", On line 1 the writer uses the word " proud" which could also be portrayed as arrogance because death is already proud of it actions when it shouldn't be. On the following line the words " mighty and dreadful" can be seen as forceful words portraying death as this all powerful character but later on in the poem we find out that he is not and can be beaten. ...read more.

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Also the control fight keeps the reader reading because it adds tension and action. The two poems can be compared with each other as they both use the theory of death but they are contrasting views, one is just along for the ride and one is actually challenging death. Both poems use personification this is effective because it gives u an insight to the way you think death would look. Both poems use olden day language, which proves the changes in the theories of death from then and now because back then death was a big worry but now death is not such a worry because we know it is inevitable. Also one is a journey and one is a challenging view towards death this is shown in poem 1 (the journey) when they are in the carriage watching everything go by and in Poem 2 it is shown by the uses of challenging and harsh language and when it says " death shall be no more". The most effective poem is Because I could not stop for death it shows us death is inevitable, this is because it used lots of literary devices such as personification, enjambment and metaphors some examples of these are for personification " because I could not stop for death" for enjambment " We slowly drove - he knew no haste" and for metaphors " swelling of the ground". Also it makes the most sense and gives the most clear and concise image Leighton Jones 10N English Mrs N Thomas ...read more.

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