What is Death - What is Death? Death is defined in...

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What is Death? Death is defined in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary as a permanent cessation of all vital functions: the end of life. The two poems that I have chosen are based on the subject of death. The first poem is “Out, out” by Robert Frost and the other poem is “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden. I will compare and contrast these two influential pieces of literature. The literary elements that I used to compare and contrast these two pieces of poetry are characterization, point of view and symbolism. “‘Out, Out’” a poem by Robert Frost which describes a farm accident that suddenly costs a young boy his life. The young man is cutting firewood with a buzz saw in the state of New England. At the end of the work day, the boy’s sister yells out that it is time for dinner. In a hurry to get to dinner the boy accidentally cuts his hand with the saw. The young boy pleads with his sister not to allow the doctor to remove his hand, and then he realizes that he has already lost too much blood to live. The young boy dies while under anesthesia, after the young boy dies his family returns to their daily routines. “Funeral Blues” is a poem by W.H. Auden which describes a friend’s funeral that is taking place. Auden expresses his feeling of grief throughout this poem. Auden describes how overwhelmed he feels without his friend. Auden describes how he wants everything to stop while the funeral of his friend is taking place. Auden desires complete silence; he would not like to hear the clock ticking, the telephone ring, or even the dogs barking. Auden wants the whole world to know that his friend is dead; his friend meant everything to him.
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The theme of “Out, Out” by Robert Frost is the meaning of life. In “Out, Out” in the very last line it says, “Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs” (Kennedy, & Gioia, 2007) gives the reader a realistic look how people viewed loss and how much family appreciated each other. The young boy was working on a buzz saw (a grown up machine), trying to prove that he could carry his own weight and be a man. The young boy cut his arm, lost a lot of blood and in the time of distress the young boy died. Once the boy died, the life for his family moved on, no time to morn they had their
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