‘Several poems in the anthologyexplore the intensity of human emotion. Explore this theme, referring to thesethree poems in detail and by referencing at least three other poems from yourwider reading’ Both W.H.Auden’s ‘FuneralBlues’ and Christina Rossetti’s ‘Remember’ explore the intensity of grief andloss. However, the voice of ‘Funeral Blues’ deals with grief negatively, beingthe aftermath of his lover’s death. Through the voice’s act of deep mourningand lament, the impact of the beloved’s life is highlighted, perhaps suggestinghow their energy and presence served as one of the only influxes of positivity.This cruelly compares the pair’s belief in eternal love with the unchangingvoid that the voice now resides in, realising that love does not, after all,last forever. With the alliteration appearing to pull out a sense of ‘nothing’in the penultimate line ‘For nothing now can come to any good,’ the voice’sanguish over such realisation is seemingly emphasised. Furthermore, the poem’soverall bleak and bitter tone is climaxed through the voice’s claim of having ‘nothing’-positive left to live for. This adjective suggests a sense of hopelessness,implying the voice’s inability to go into the future as an individual, beingused to living alongside his beloved; one that brought him great optimism. Simultaneously,the octet of the sonnet, ‘Remember’ discusses death in a cynical fashion.However, in contrast to ‘Funeral Blues’ the idea of death, rather than theevent takes precedence, referring to the voice’s struggle in the acceptance ofher own imminent demise.
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