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English Composition 2
28 July 2011
The tragedy or idea of a loved one’s death has the potential of changing a person’s worldview. Along with grief, the tragedy inflicts the idea of mortality upon those touched by the event. In William Shakespeare’s “Not marble nor the gilded monuments”, the poet feels he can preserve the memory of a person through written poetry, therefore assuring their immortality. Edgar Allan Poe takes a different approach in his poem “A Dream within a Dream”, as he struggles with the concept of mortality after the death of a loved one. Poe sees no escape from mortality as all he cares for slips through his hands. William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe’s poems both present a distinct view of mortality through their use of personification, apostrophe and poem titles.Views on Mortality
Both poets use personification to represent their feelings on death and mortality through objects and scenery around them. Shakespeare’s personification of time as “sluttish” (5) portrays his view of time as damaging. However, Shakespeare declares that his love will “shine more bright in these contents” (4) due to his reference to this person through poetry. Although his love will someday die, his poems will remain understood by all throughout time because of the use of language.