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To some poets death is the beginning of A new life, but to others death Is finality. Discuss these With close reference to two or more Poets.

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To some poets death is the beginning of A new life, but to others death Is finality. Discuss these With close reference Of two or more Poets Death is a fate. You can't change or alter it. But the views of the two poets John Donne and James Shirley are completely opposite. James Shirley believes that death is the end and is finality. His works are similar to that of the poet Francis Beaumont. These two men conclude that death is the ultimate stage of mortality. Yet the writer John Donne believes that when he dies, he will be taken to a better place, which is heaven. This is called reincarnation. The poet Dylan Thomas agrees with Donne and both poets share a similar view. Their mode of thought is reflected throughout their poetry. The poet John Donne lived from 1573-1631. Maybe the views on death in his poetry resonated from he death of his wife while giving birth to his stillborn baby. The death of Anne Moore gave him the insight that there would be an extra eternal life in Elysium, heaven, to reward her. Even though being brought up as a Catholic he changed and converted to the Anglican faith in the year 1598. ...read more.


"Thou'rt slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate men And dost with poison, war and sickness dwell." Chance and fate play role in the killing of people, not just the desperate men and kings. It takes a king to call an execution and a desperate man to raise a knife. So Donne unlike the other poet James Shirley believes that death will come by chance and not necessarily when he chooses. Another difference is the belief in heaven and another, better eternal world. " One short sleep past we wake eternally, And death shall be no more: Death, thou shalt die!" When saying a short sleep past Donne means that he will sleep for a short period. This is a minute amount for the vast time in heaven. Death shall not exist in heaven; he shall die because no deaths can be taken. At the end like a judge condemning a prisoner he bravely and boldly he 'sentences' death to die. The other poet with an opposite view of the corresponding topic is James Shirley an English dramatist and poet, born in London. He lived from 1596-1666. After attending the Merchant Tailor's School and then Cambridge. He was brought up as an Anglican but he was then converted to Roman Catholicism and abandoned what might have been a career in the church for school teaching at St. ...read more.


In the poem he is making you understand that death will be the mighty one who will decide your fate. "Then boast no more your mighty deeds! Upon deaths purple altar now." There is no point flaunting before death. It is all to be forgotten. I think the reason of the purple altar was to signify death's importance. Purple in the 15th century was expensive and rare making it the colour of royalty. "Your heads must come To the cold tomb: Only the actions of the just Smell sweet and blossom in their dust." At the end the message is that who ever you are, you are finally going to die and must be buried in a tomb where your soul will not live on. People who have made impressions during their life for the good of men will at least be remembered for good, even while dead. When comparing these two poets there are definite and bold differences. John Donne the more religious of the two completing becoming a priest, shows a much more biblical and moral approach, whereas James Shirley takes his view of no after life and makes death seem a tyrant and an oppressor. Donne's biblical belief is recognised in his language and views. Shirley was introduced and brought up in two Christian faiths yet fails to show any sign of belief in death being a beginning of a new life. A SITARANJAN Page 1 03/05/2007 ...read more.

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