Depiction of Death

Death as we all it , is something many dread to address or even think about in detail though we all have to face it some day.

In his numerous  poems , Shakespeare saw life as  meaningless and transiet and feels that although death ought to be embraced, one should never facilitate or necessarily  pursue it.

According to ‘Hamlet’ , Shakespeare clearly outlines the aspects of a well life lived whose eventuality is death and in his ‘Funeral Elegy ‘ to Master John Peter ,he portrays how death humbles even the best and effective of kings and also how no one can concisely explain its course or destiny.

Evidently enough , Shakespeare described death in its essence as a personified meager , white faced ghostly figure rotting corpse, skeleton and a real monster eating men and even better referred life as nothing but  a walking shadow. In  his outlined continuation, Shakespeare , sees death in real sense as nothing but pain  and a mysterious irony of life as a result of the un-ending sorrow and void it leaves behind.

However, it’s also in  his play, ‘Hamlet ’ , that Shakespeare decisively comes to terms with the fact that death is a very powerful and real force to reckon with and to emphasize on this equates it ( death) to a stately king with martial power. The simile in Hamlet , ‘ghost’  , signifies deeply the strength of death and the effect it has on those living and the dead.

Nevertheless , though much despised, death does instill and demand fear , respect and recognition to all its witnesses but it’s ironically seen as a fool to it’s survivors.   In his un relentless search for a proper definition of death , Shakespeare clearly illustrates how survivor’s struggle with the after-math and open-mindedly opinionates death as a peaceful release from the troubles of life but instantaneously shifts focus to its uneasiness due to its unknowns and according to his final analysis portrays the importance of life and how precious it ( life) is to man by his imagery that relate to time.

Just like his counterpart Shakespeare, Robert Frost  has almost the same kind of  remorse feelings towards death and is not only devastated by its impact but also at the helplessness of the victims. According to his play , ‘The burial ’ , he  negates the demeaning nature at which it (death ) grabs a loved one without any regard to humanity and that when it knocks there is no appeal but to welcome and embrace it.

In his emphasis on the impact of death , Robert Frost , shows the menace that it leaves behind , the hollow void and its overall horrifying nature. He also repeatedly touches on the continuous conflicts between human beings and nature and the final dictative aspect of nature on the living.

According to Robert Frost , life is transitory whose often and final result is  the sudden yet fleeting tragedy . He clearly illustrates that life is very  temporary and thus though precious is in real sense insignificant. In his poem , ‘The home burial’ , Robert portrays the complexity and cruelty that death brings  to a family and the confusion that ensues thereafter as a result of rejection , isolation and acceptance it exhibits.

The sincerity  and clarity in his poems openly creates the awareness of how different categories of people react when tragedy strikes through the various inner-personal strengths. In his mostly referred poems about nature and out-door s , he used imagery and symbolism thus metaphorically connecting the day to day life. He also emphasized on how a sudden choice like death could affect a whole life span of a human being.

Unlike his fellow poets like Shakespeare and Robert Frost, Wilfred Owen became a hero at a tender age of 22 years as a result of being a soldier cum poet . His main focus in poetly  was about the devastating war that was taking place at the time.  The  sight of the numerous wounded in hospitals had a big impact on him and drove him to enlisting in the British Army so that he could be a direct participate in assisting them.

Contrary to heroes like Shakespeare, Wilfred Owen was not scared to die and his ever courageous character is clearly portrayed in his quest to assist others other than safe-guarding his own life. In his speech immediately after he joined the Army,  ‘ I came out in order to help these boys……..directly by leading them as well as an officer can, indirectly by watching their suffering that I may speak of them as well an officer can’ , evidently shows that he was not only committed to fighting for a common cause but had made up his mind to be the sacrificial lamb for the sake of others.

The fact that he had to spend sleepless nights gazing at his dead colleague’s body which did have a toll on him in that it literally changed his lifestyle to the extent of having him hospitalized is exponentially true that death is not only  devastating but a victorious supernatural force no one would dare to reckon with.

His normal and real life was completely changed in a span of two years by the continuity of war and the senseless killings in the battlefields and what was more disgusting was the fact that no one was able to stop them at all.

In his final letter to his mother, it seemed like Wilfred Owen had for-seen his own death but that did not scare him either. This particular letter shows just how he fore saw this un inevitable life-grabber knocking right at his doorstep but decided to put his final feelings about it on paper and have it conveyed to his mother. This illustrates that he was prepared to face death as a hero and thus just  like his other war colleagues, Wilfred Owen though gunned down died a super hero.

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