Visions of Death in Literature
Compares and contrasts the themes of death in William Shakespeare's "Fear No More the Heat O' the Sun" and Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time".
# 88573 | 675 words | 2 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Comparison) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Shakespeare (Other Plays and Comparisons)
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This paper compares and contrasts the treatment of the themes of death in two English poems, one by William Shakespeare and one by Robert Herrick. The paper argues that in "Fear No More the Heat O' the Sun" by Shakespeare death is approached as something positive, not to be feared but embraced and looked forward to whereas Herrick, in "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", treats death as something to be feared and avoided, viewed in a much more negative light.
From the Paper:"This paper looks at two famous poems written in the 16th and 17th centuries that both deal with the prospect of death. One is by William Shakespeare, titled "Fear No More the Heat O' the Sun," and the second is Robert Herrick's classic "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time." These two poems have certain elements in common, and others that are very different, which this paper will discuss. The first and most obvious similarity between these poems is the use of the theme of death and the inevitability of death for each and every person. In the times these poems were written, health and life conditions were much worse than they are today, and death was a common aspect of daily life. Both poems point out that although death will take us all eventually, there is still life to be enjoyed and made the..."
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