Friday, April 20, 2018

Content Purpose Style Analysis

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.

Sifting "Spirits of the Dead"

1. Symbolism
Stars: The use of stars in this poem symbolizes hope in the eyes of humans.

2. Structure
Five stanzas, Rhyme Scheme: AABB CDCDEE FFGGHHII JJKK LLMMNN, Alliteration: “Be silent in that solitude” “The breeze, the breath of God, is still,” “shadowy. Shadowy, yet unbroken” “A mystery of mysteries”

Dark, Grey, Clear, High, Red, Shadowy

Figurative Language
Personification: “The night, though clear, shall frown” Simile: “With light like hope…” “...Like dew-drop from the grass” Metaphor: “As a burning and a fever.”
1. Tone
Negative- Sad- Weary

2.Turning Point
Stanza 4 would be the turning point because in that section of the poem the memories of the spirits are slowly disappearing and they are forgetting who they are.
Hold on to what you have because you can lose it easily.

Edgar Allan Poe went through many hard times as a child with his mother dying and his father leaving. I can infer that he used his past experiences as a inspiration for this poem and other examples of his poetry.

The style of this poem is free-verse and it really impacts what readers get out of the poem. Also Poe does not have to be held back by any guidelines or rules, now he can easily write what he wants the reader to see.
It seems that the poem is being told from a spirits perspective, explaining what happens when you die.

Paraphrasing of the Poem

Author Biography

Although you might know who Edgar Allan Poe is, do you know what his life was like before he wrote his poems? Poe was born on January 19,1809 in Boston Massachusetts. He never really knew his real parents because his father left when Poe was very young and his mother died of tuberculosis. Instead, Edgar Allan Poe lived with John and Frances Valentine Allan, a tobacco farmer and his wife. Poe was fortunate to be sent to the best boarding schools and universities in Virginia.
Even though he was sent to the best schools he was forced to leave because he was unable to pay off extreme gambling debts. Edgar Allan Poe then turned to Military Academy where he was kicked out again for lack of financial support. After that he lived in many places including New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond. It is obvious that the biggest influence on his writing was his many setbacks in life. If he did not have those setbacks, he would have lacked materials for his poetry. Sadely on October 7, 1849. Edgar Allan Poe died of congestion of the brain. He was found in Baltimore in very bad condition and was taken to Washington College Hospital where he later died. 
Works Cited
“Edgar Allan Poe.”, Accessed 16 Apr. 2018.
“Edgar Allan Poe Biography.”, A&E Television Networks, 2 Aug. 2017, Accessed 16 Apr. 2018.
“Spirits of the Dead.”, Accessed 17 Apr. 2018.