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Autor: anton • July 19, 2011 • 1,018 Words (5 Pages) • 787 Views
Without death there could be no life. Although dying is inevitable for the living, itÐ²Ð‚™s a reality people are afraid to face. Many people simply fear the unknown, many people fear they will face consequences from their life once they die, and others just donÐ²Ð‚™t want this wonderful ride to end. Death leaves people questioning what they believe in and whatÐ²Ð‚™s important. To lose someone you love is a grief everyone will deal with at some point. ItÐ²Ð‚™s just a part of life. However, a loss can be heartbreaking, devastating, and as simple as a reminder that we will all die. So what is the point of it all? What is the meaning of life if we will ultimately die at any moment? These are questions no one can answer yet we yearn for the knowledge. Many poets and other artists use their work as an outlet for losses they have endured as well as coming to terms with the inevitable. Marianne MooreÐ²Ð‚™s Ð²Ð‚ÑšA GraveÐ²Ð‚Ñœ, T.S. EliotÐ²Ð‚™s Ð²Ð‚ÑšLittle Gidding,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ and Robert FrostÐ²Ð‚™s Ð²Ð‚ÑšHome BurialÐ²Ð‚Ñœ all use death as a theme. These poets arenÐ²Ð‚™t trying to explain the meaning of it all because they too do not know. They are simply connecting with their readers who share in the same fears, wonderment, and grief as death makes its rounds to everyone.
Most everyone agrees that although death is a reality, one would hope that a full life of experience would come first. The death of a child is much more than an unfortunate loss. It seems more of a waste of life. If there were a God, what kind of God would take the life away from someone so young? These are questions that go through every mind of a parent who has lost their child. Robert Frost and his wife lost a child and FrostÐ²Ð‚™s poetic outlet deals with this grief in his poem, Ð²Ð‚ÑšHome Burial.Ð²Ð‚Ñœ In the poem Amy and her husband have lost their Ð²Ð‚Ñšfirst childÐ²Ð‚Ñœ and are having difficulty communicating with each other. Amy does not want to hear anything her husband has to say pleading, Ð²Ð‚ÑšDonÐ²Ð‚™t, donÐ²Ð‚™t, donÐ²Ð‚™t, donÐ²Ð‚™tÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Frost). Her grief has overtaken her and his Ð²Ð‚Ñšwords are nearly always an offenseÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Frost). Her husband doesnÐ²Ð‚™t understand why Ð²Ð‚ÑšA man canÐ²Ð‚™t speak of his own child thatÐ²Ð‚™s deadÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Frost). He realizes that they have experienced a terrible loss but he is not letting the death overwhelm him. He can still talk about his Ð²Ð‚Ñševeryday concernsÐ²Ð‚Ñœ although there is a Ð²Ð‚Ñšlittle graveÐ²Ð‚Ñœ visible from the Ð²Ð‚ÑšwindowÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Frost). Amy doesnÐ²Ð‚™t understand why her baby had to die, whereas her husband understands that death is inevitable for everyone, even his Ð²Ð‚Ñšfirst childÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Frost). Dealing with death takes a toll on how to deal with life. Stricken with grief Amy realizes that Ð²Ð‚Ñšone is alone, and he dies more aloneÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (Frost). Although communication is a big part of Ð²Ð‚ÑšHome BurialÐ²Ð‚Ñœ the overriding theme is death.
Death affects everyone. When someone dies, even if you do not know him or her personally, it somehow can become extremely personal. In 1917 the Lusitania sank killing the passengers on board. Marianne Moore did not know any of the passengers on board but the sinking still affected her personally. Her brother Warner had just joined the Navy as a chaplain and she feared his death would also be at sea. The sea was symbolic of life to Moore who saw in it the beauty and the danger. Marianne MooreÐ²Ð‚™s Ð²Ð‚ÑšThe