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Funeral Blues Analysis

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Introduction

Funeral Blues The poem begins with the line "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone." This introduction makes it clear that the narrator is depressed and a tragic event has taken place. The first half of the sentence portrays her wish for time to stand still and her unwillingness to carry on with her life. She feels that her situation will not improve in the future and she has nothing to live for or look forward to. The second half of the sentence: "cut off the telephone" shows that she is unwilling to communicate. She is inconsolable and perhaps there are many people around her trying to comfort her but they are unsuccessful. It could also show that she wants to isolate herself from the outside world and ignore the situation she is in as she cannot deal with it. The first stanza shows a wish for silence, as she wants all the objects around her that make noise to stop. This shows that the noise is stopping her from being able think properly, which is a metaphor for how the events in her life are stopping her from moving on or thinking in a rational way. ...read more.

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Also, seeing this message literally written in the sky would be a great shock to her and the other mourners, and it shows the shock she felt when she lost him. She also says "Let the policemen wear black cotton gloves". This is a mark of respect and she feels that everyone is sorry that he is now gone. Also, it reflects the mourning that is going on around her because of his death. In the third stanza, she describes how important his role in her life was. She says "He was my north, my south, my east and west." This shows that he was someone who provided guidance and support. Now that he is gone she has lost her way and her life is lacking direction. "My working week and my Sunday rest" tells us that she spent a lot of her time with him and that without him she has no longer has structure in her life and she has lost purpose and reason. The last sentence of the stanza "I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong." ...read more.

Conclusion

It relates to the phrase in the third stanza "my noon, my midnight" because she has no need for the moon or the sun now because the purpose of her life is gone and there is no need to distinguish between night and day anymore. Because of his death, her world is now falling apart. "Pour away the ocean" could convey how she feels she is drowning in her grief, and pouring away the grief will allow her to carry on with her life. These natural images are used to portray how she feels that the beauty in the world is no longer relevant, as she cannot enjoy these things on her own. Her view of the world has now changed, and it has become a sinister and lonely place. Also, the last stanza is a metaphor for how her partner's death was a waste of beauty. A world with no sunshine, oceans, and stars would be plain and useless, which is how her life seems to be now. She has lost the ability to appreciate the world and this is portrayed in the final line "For nothing now can come to any good", which shows that her mood remains pessimistic and she has lost all her faith. ...read more.

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