“Time after Time”
A very direct use of language as well sets the tone and them for this piece. First stanza takes on more of a somber mood. Death equals loss. Catherine Davis villanelle piece reflect upon how we all generally deal or except death when it comes. She sets off her tone/response with the first two lines in the first stanza with an absolute statement that, “After a time, all losses are the same”, which she implies that no matter the type of loss, time is the ultimate healer. Although through the next line Davis takes on more of a pessimistic, but realistic view on when we lose something (death) “one more thing lost is one thing less to lose”. On the other hand she views death as a rebirth of innocence/equality as,” we go stripped at last the way we came”, we lose what we achieved or gained or attained through life and in the end we all are equal even if we don’t know by then. Equality in death but not through life… As we get to the third stanza, Davis clearly places a slight positive perspective on life referring to it as a “game” even though a “losing” one at that. She uses “wit” and “luck” to personify our individual achievements/gains during life which include wealth, power, and prestige. Can we maintain such things after death? Being clever is a trait that can help you achieve these gains mentioned above but can it ultimately prevent death? “Luck” or personal wealth can prolong life but again can it overcome aging? The third stanza sets out to try to put life in perspective by relating it to things that people desire. Davis “reassures” us on line 8 in the third stanza that relative wealth or even destiny is a trick/mis belief we hope on in the end. Hence, “we go stripped”, naked and bare from our gains in life. As she refers to “the way we came” it starts to open a new window into how Davis views death. So she refers to death as being a sense of rebirth. Or is she trying to spin a more positive perspective on how we should view death as...
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