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Discussing Death

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Understanding poetry can be a difficult task. To many, most of it may not make much sense at first. When it comes to poetry, one has to do a lot of rereading and analyzing. One has to put themselves in the poet’s mindset. Poetry is a big part of literature. It helps writers express their feelings in ways that typical story writing does not. That is what makes poetry one of the purest forms of writing, being able to fully express oneself. In poetry, there’s no need to go into all of the little details; all one needs to do is get to the point in whatever way they please. Poetry allows one to talk about subjects that might be hard for most people to write about, like death. Not too many people want to actually hear or talk about death.

People have been writing about death for as long as we can remember. Death isn’t an easy topic to discuss; each one of us has his or her own views on it. The one thing that is certain though is no matter how one feels about death, is everyone is going to die, only the hour of our appointment is uncertain. Death signifies the final chapter in our human life cycle. Writing poems about death helps us to fully express how we feel about it. One poet that was particularly caught up with writing about death was Emily Dickinson. She wrote close to eighteen hundred poems throughout her life, and most of them were about death or immortality. Beyond the two main themes of her poems, Dickinson’s work also followed the same style: short lines, half- rhymes, and some even lacked titles. Outside of writing, Dickinson had quite a secluded life. She suffered from depression after the deaths of many of her family members and friends. This depression is thought to have partially sparked the reoccurring death theme in her poems. Dickinson wasn’t a social woman and suffered from many problems other than depression. Many would say she lived a pretty lonely life, especially as she grew older, but it was during those times she was most productive....

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