AS2 Assignment 1 Compare the poems Remember and Funeral Blues on the their poetic form, structure and language
In this assignment I will be comparing the poems Remember by Christina Rossetti and the poem Funeral blues by WH Auden. I will show some intensive points of comparison in the form, structure and language used and how both poems deal with love, tranquillity, peace and death. Both poems are about the feelings of love and death. There is a universal feeling between love and death, as they don't change, and neither do their feelings. In "Funeral Blues" the feeling conveyed is that once the person you loved has gone there is no point in life anymore and everything is over. Whereas "Remember" is saying to remember the loved person when they have gone at the beginning of the poem but in the sestet the author tell the person she is writing the poem to that they should forget them. "Remember" is a beautiful poem that speaks from death, reminding the people who are left behind to remember the person who has passed on. This poem tells people to remember the departed, but not to be sad that they are no longer sharing a life together. “Remember” is a bitter sweet. She suffered from ill health throughout out her life and so it is not surprising that she should explore the theme of death. As a Christian, Rossetti believed in the afterlife and so this poem is poignant with a sense of hope that death is not the end. In the first line, which is the theme of the whole poem the narrator asks to be remembered. Remember me when I am gone away," This line sounds like someone pleading. She wants recognition. At this point it could be a couple separating or someone who has to go on a journey. It is only when reading on to the second and third lines that suddenly the reader is aware that it is about dying. It is described as a “silent land”. “When you can no more hold me by the hand,”
The reader is made aware that this is a physical separation. The lines that follow...
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