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To some poets death is the beginning of new life, but to others death is a finality, discuss these aspects with the close reference to the works of two or more poets.

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To some poets death is the beginning of new life, but to others death is a finality, discuss these aspects with the close reference to the works of two or more poets. The poets I will be talking about in this assignment are going to be John Donne, Dylan Thomas, James Shirley and Francis Beaumont. These are the poets that wrote on death and I will be comparing the differences and similarities of their poems, and what they wrote about death. John Donne was born in 1572 in London to wealthy parents. He was raised as a Roman Catholic, which was unusual because England was almost totally Protestant at the time. He was educated at Oxford, Cambridge, and Lincoln's Inn, where he studied law. The clergyman John Donne was one of the most gifted poets in English literature. He was converted to the Church of England and he became an Anglican clergyman in 1615. He died in 1631 at the age of 59. His transformation from Catholicism had a great effect on his life and influenced his poetry. Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales, on October 27th 1914. He died in New York City on November 9th 1953, and was buried at Laugharne; the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was only 39 years old when he died. James Shirley was born in 1596 and was an English dramatist, born in London. ...read more.

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"With the man in the wind and the west moon;" He is saying that it is a ghost or a spirit , maybe coming back for revenge on some on. Then it says, "When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone," This sort of indicates the some person has killed this man, and maybe a dog has come and taken the clean bones. He then mentions some of the same things as Donne when he says, "Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;" So Thomas is saying people come back again but as ghosts and sprits, where as Donne says they come back as humans, so there is some sort of reincarnate involved in both poems. The next verse starts and ends of the same as all the other verses by saying, "And death shall have no dominion." He is saying this to enforce death shall have no power. It also says in his poem that the people in the sea, who have died may be lucky one day and be hauled up back to life, back to civilisation and not stuff in the sea for the rest of their lives. "Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;" Dylan Thomas was not religious it does not seem to be obvious that he was from the poem, but he instead was a womaniser. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Though gods they were, as man they died." Francis Beaumont wrote this poem, and when he died he was also buried in Westminster Abbey. That may have been his life long dream, to work hard and be good enough to be buried there, in Westminster Abbey. There are similarities between John Donne, James Shirley and Francis Beaumont, because they all talk about fate somewhere in their poem. "Thou'rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men," (John Donne), "There is no armour against fate;" (James Shirley), "Buried in dust, once died by fate." (Francis Beaumont). Dylan Thomas and James Shirley also have some same views, whoever you are whatever you are you are going to die; you have no protection against it. The differences are they are betraying death in different and similar ways, but the differences are Donne talks to death and say death you cannot get me I will come back and you will have to kill me again. Thomas also believes in reincarnation like Donne. Shirley's basic view were when you die you die you have to be ready for it whenever. Finally Beaumont was talking of Westminster Abbey where the royals end up and he says no matter whom you are in life we all die, men, as gods you may live but you die like men. JINESH ADATIA 1 ...read more.

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