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This Essay Shows Every Single Thing You Will Need For One Of Alexander Pope's Poems, Namely It Is "A Dying Christian In His Soul". I Take Honors English, Hopes This Helps :)

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Alexander Pope was a great poet in his own way. One of his greatest works "The Dying Christian in his Soul" was one poem of great awe and inspiration. His poems cover many of the literary devices used in the English language, and can be very complex to explain at times. In order to fully analyze one of Pope's poems, one must look through and describe each and every stanza with every little detail possible in order to fully understand his poems. Pope's "The Dying Christian in his Soul" is a perfect example of how Pope uses the many literary devise known to the English language.The first element of this well written poem is point of view, setting and theme. From the very start of the poem Pope ...view middle of the document...

The amount of times personal pronouns are used (I, me, and my) are quite numerous in this stanza, and thus we can assume this poem is from a first person point of view. The setting can also be observed openly in this stanza. Words such as "angel", "Sister Sprit", "absorbs", "soul" and "death" are used to convey that the setting of this poem does take place after a person's death, with the speaker questioning his soul on death, asking if this can truly be death.Finally in the third stanza, Pope truly explains what the setting and theme are of this poem are.The world recedes; it disappears!Heav'n opens on my ears! My earsWith sounds seraphic ring!Lend, lend your wings! I mount! I fly!O Grave! Where is thy victory?O Death! Where is thy sting? (Alexander Pope)Al-Sarraf 3"Recedes" and "world" are linked together because it shows that the person is truly dead because the Earth is moving away from the person, and this shows that the setting is in another world, namely heaven. "Seraphic", "Heav'n" and "wings" are used to convey the thought of heaven, and also show that the setting is indeed in heaven. The tone is also changed in the last stanza. The speaker seems to be going to heaven, which makes it sound as if the speaker is happy. This is how the tone of the last stanza is changed. Lastly, the whole stanza is related to the central theme "death" because of the way people use these words, when a person usually thinks of these words, the word "death" crosses their minds, thus making the reader realize the central theme of this poem is "death".The imagery used in this poem often revolves around the central theme of "death". Many words that are often used in conjunction with death such as "angel", "seraphic", "dying", "grave" and "Heav'n" are found throughout the poem.The first stanza starts off with the expressions "spark", "heave'nly' and "flame". When these words are visualized by the reader it often gives the image of some sort of flame and a black background, because it is the start of death. "Mortal" and "frame" found on the second line are often imagined as the human body, because mortal meaning of this world and frame meaning something that encompasses something else are used mutually to allow the reader to see a human body. "Trembling", "ling'ring" and "flying are on the third line of the third stanza and they often lead readers to think of a person that is disoriented or confused. The speaker doesn't know what is happening, and has become disoriented because of his new surroundings. In the fourth line "pain", "bliss"Al-Sarraf 4and "dying" are used to show that even though the speaker is hurt by his death and wishes he had not died, the speaker is also happy at the same time because his suffering in the real world has ended and is finally over. These words allow the reader to envisage this in their minds and understand how the speaker feels. On the final line of the first stanza, terms such as "Cease", "Nature" and "life" are utilized. "Cease"...

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