Stop all the Clocks, Cut off the telephone – Poem by W.H. Auden
This poem conveys the situations of grief, tragic loss and unrelenting pessimism which are well illustrated the poem; “For nothing now can ever come to any good.” Melancholic sadness prevails at the central of the poems them which can be found in the rhyme scheme and melancholic iambic parameters. The speaker commands people in the first stanza to undertake the impossible by “Stop all the clocks.” (Auden) Which symbolizes the inconsolable grief and the agony shared but the author. The speaker is determined to get rid of the obstacles such as piano tunes, dog’s barks clicking of the clocks telephones ticking amongst other noises and this shows the accomplishment of a mourning of the death in context, the loved husband. The speaker continues to summon the world through airplanes, the sky, the white necks of the public doves and the traffic policemen. These involvements have not whatsoever known relationship to the situation of the speaker but by incorporating them to the context pedigrees the significance of the emphasis of her mourning. The author deifies the dead in lines 6 onwards, “He Is Dead” and the importance of the deceased and the grief is stressed in lines 7 and 8.
The liens from 9 to 11 portrays the close relationship between the speaker and the dead; the usage of terms such as “He is my North, my South, my West and my East” exaggerates further the relationship between the two with the; “My working week and my Sunday rest” solidifying their intimate relationship. The speaker seemed to have loved beyond a possible inevitable death and as a result did not have to experience the aftermath of the actual death happening. In line 12, “I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.” (Auden) The speaker experiences the reality of her husband’s death and comes to a conclusion that at the end everything will come to an end for everyone. The speaker is thus left with an objectiveless life since her husband’s death. The speaker realizes that indeed love like everything else always comes to an end eventually.
The hopelessness of the poem is presented in line 16 where there are commanding verbs of the situation of the speaker with regard to purpose of life; she is hopeless of a purpose in life due to the state of her lover. There are specific recommendations that the speaker commands the nature to do so that her morning is taken seriously. “The stars are not wanted now: Put out everyone: Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;” (Auden) in lined 13 and 14 describe the state of despair the speaker is experiencing. A commanding verbs to nature such as the sun and moon will mean a void space exclusive of life itself; the speaker feels that the entire world should come to an end because her lover is dead. The hyperbolic metaphors such as “Pour away the ocean and weep up the wood” (Auden) serve as symbolic representation of the unfocused feelings of the speaker due to the gap left in her life by the death of her husband. The speaker equates the loss of world life to her lover’s life and she would trade the entire world for her husband’s life. In line 16, “For nothing can ever come to any good” pedigrees the pessimism in this context; this context summarizes the emphasis of melancholic theme in the poem.
Death of a Young Son by Drowning – Poem by Margaret Atwood
The “Death of a Young Son by Drowning” is a narrative that talks about the life of a young child who was to be successful but drowned and how his mother felt through the situation. There are literacy devices used in the poem and some of them include: Imagery, personification, simile, metaphor and enjambment. The purpose of the styles employed in the poem serve the adventurousness and bravery of the young child who is in a foreign land including her mother. This death brings to light the connection between Moodie and the land allowing his mother to accept the state of the foreign land. The tone of the poem starts with a serious setting filled with solemn which describes the success and goals in the life of the little child in the alien land. “His feet slid on the bank” begins the misery that will face the little boy; “the air locked, he was hung in the river like a heart.” This is representation of the somber situation the child falls in to which leads to his unfortunate death yet his future was promising.
This imagery style is well illustrated in this context where the journey of success is depicted to be filled with complications and fail to yield the required results of their goals and plans. “On a voyage of discovery” (Atwood, 1966) puts alongside Moodie’s navigation to Canada where she ends up to a self-realization of the other animal like perception of her. “His feet slid on the bank” introduces the commencement of a downfall of the dreams and plans of the child since the sliding leads to death eventually. “On a landscape stranger than Uranus” connects the relationship between the son’s voyage and Moodie’s voyage as it repeats the emotions and thoughts of Moodie at the begging of his journal where she was understanding of the foreign land. The second stanza brings into light the full description of the full potential of success of the young boy and the bright future a head; this is accompanied by the adventures of life that the boy sets out to experience; “voyage of discovery”. However, the voyage of discovery is brought to a sudden stand still when the child drowns in the river after slipping on the banks and into the river. Moodie on the other hand passes through all the stages of the three journals with the death of the son being an important transformation milestone. Stanza nine also has the style of imagery, “my foot hit rock” (Atwood, 1966) is used to represent the level of the life after the death of her child. She experiences a lot of psychological disorders caused by the death of her child; the death was impactful compared to her experiences and the journey to Canada.