Theme Of Loss In Poetry

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Loss is a very common theme for poetry which can be interpreted in many ways. Many poems/poets have different insights regarding loss creating a lot of variation in the theme. In this essay I will be exploring poems such as; “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning talking about the loss of the Dukes Duchess’, “Remember” by Christina Rossetti which talks about her and her partner when they are no longer together. Also I will be talking about a poem by Dylan Thomas which is often referred to as “Do not go gentle into that good night”, which was written for his father as he was on his deathbed. I will also be briefly talking about other poems which can be compared and contrasted with the three main poems. These poems are: “But you didn’t by Merrill …show more content…
Do not go gentle does this by telling the reader that you must do something with your life before it is too late, otherwise you might not be able to cope with it. Dylan Thomas uses repetition to get his point across even stronger and emphasise on the fact that you must fight to be able to live as shown in the recurring imperative quote “Rage, rage against the dying light”. On the other hand Merrill Glass tells us to share how we feel about people before it is too …show more content…
But you didn't.“ By continuously repeating “But you didn’t” at the end of each stanza it really emphasises put a strong effect on the last line. By doing this Merrill Glass made it obvious that she was not able to tell her significant other what she felt and because she couldn’t after he had passed away, she couldn’t cope with the loss.

Another two poems that show the coping of loss in a similar way are “My last Duchess” by Robert Browning and “And you as well must die” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Both poems talk about the death of someone or something is inevitable. “My last Duchess” does this by having the Duke justify to himself that the death of the Duchess was inevitable. He had her killed so that he could stay in control. “And you as well must die” shows that death is inevitable in a slightly different way.
“Obscurely as the unattended flower,
It mattering not how beautiful you were,
Or how belovèd above all else that dies.” It talks about no matter how beautiful something or someone is, if you do not care for it, its loss in

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