Analysis Of The Poem ' The Widow 's Lament Of Springtime ' Essay examples

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Suppressing painful memories can bring about temporary relief. Once that relief subsides however, the raw emotions that remain are as powerful and real as the moment in which they were experienced. Rather than dealing with these uncovered emotions, the natural response is to lock away these memories in a vain hope that they will not resurface. Exposing the open wounds of memory and extracting moments from the past bring with it the former pain and anguish. In the most dire cases, even the promise of death is more alluring. In William Carlos Williams’ “The Widow’s Lament in Springtime”, a despondent woman yearns to escape the clutches of her past memories. In her final confession, we learn that she wishes to succumb to her depression by “fall[ing] into those flowers and sink[ing] into the marsh near them.” (Williams, line 27-8). The prospect of dying is more appealing than dredging up the memories she shares with her husband. To her, ignorance is the only way of relieving the heartache that plagues his death. Though the widow longs for the sweet release of death, the protagonist in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” is “suspended between the nastiness of life and the meanness of the dead. She couldn’t get interested in leaving life or living it” (Morrison, 4). Sethe is caught between the two harsh realities of her past and present life. Her past does not simply go away, yet it continues to exert influence on the lives of those who choose to remember. Remembering the past, or, in…

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