Based on the author’s development of the text and the style, the theme of the poem “Spirits of the Dead” is that life may not be lasting but memories are eternal. In stanza two Poe is describing that once you are dead you will see the spirits of the people that were once alive. You can come to this conclusion when you read the fourth and fifth line of that stanza. These lines are: “In life before thee, are again, In death around thee, and their will”. This shows that the people are deceased but your memory of them still remains with you as a spirit.
Also in stanza 3, the author describes that to the living the stars would give hope, but to the spirits it would only be a sad reminder of their past lives. This is proven in these two lines, “But their red orbs, without beam,” and “To thy weariness shall seem”. Also in stanza three some figurative language is added into the poem to enhance the reader's vision of the main idea in that stanza. The examples are; Simile: “With light like hope to mortals given,” and Personification: “The night, though clear, shall frown,”.Finally this stanza reflects the the theme the most because it describes that as a spirit of the dead your thoughts and your memories will not even if you are gone. Some lines from the poem that strongly supports the theme are, “Now are visions ne’er to vanish” “Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish”. The repetition of “Now are” in the beginning of those two lines positively enhance the understanding of the idea and helps you remember it. Also the simile, “no more, like dew-drop from the grass”, helps the reader understand how what happened might fade away but the memories will always stay with you.