In the poem A Contemplation Upon Flowers by Henry King the comparison of the life of a simple flower is made to the life of a human, in the sense that we both are born, we both live, and we both must die. Majority of people fear death, but the flowers accept death with open arms and a smile. This poem by Henry King praises flowers for not only their humble lifestyles but also for their acceptance of death.
Henry King uses the literary device of personification, a strong and effective way to give the flowers a voice, and to help the reader grasp and understand the poem. He also uses that literary device to humble the reader in order to better understand the way that the flower smiles in the face of death, and to help us make a connection to the flower. This poem is an example of an ode, a formal way to address someone or something, it is a tribute.
As a human, I fear death and the consequences of it. It always seems hard to accept that life must come to an end, and that one day we all must die. In this poem by Henry King he makes a connection to flowers, which are very much like us in the way that they bloom, grow, and they must die. Just as humans a flowers life is filled with beauty and work to please others, so in reality the life of a human is no different to the life of a flower. This poem has helped me understand that life is but a cycle, that everything must come to an end. So why fear death when it is just another step on our cycle called “life”.
Once Upon a Time:
Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara is a poem that brings to reality the changes that we must go through when growing up and maturing. He contrasts the innocence in life of a child to the complications and hypocricy that he now faces as a working adult, but he realizes that he is no longer happy with the lifestyle led by adults. As a father trying to teach his son about the world in this poem, the roles become reversed when he realizes...