Overwhelming human emotions By Dylan Empric

"First man on the moon"

By J Patrick Lewis

"A Time To Come"

By Walt Whitman

O, Death! a black and pierceless pall

Hangs round thee, and the future state;

No eye may see, no mind may grasp

That mystery of fate.

This brain, which now alternate throbs

With swelling hope and gloomy fear;

This heart, with all the changing hues,

That mortal passions bear—

This curious frame of human mould,

Where unrequited cravings play,

This brain, and heart, and wondrous form

Must all alike decay.

The leaping blood will stop its flow;

The hoarse death-struggle pass; the cheek

Lay bloomless, and the liquid tongue

Will then forget to speak.

The grave will take me; earth will close

O’er cold dull limbs and ashy face;

But where, O, Nature, where shall be

The soul’s abiding place?

Will it e’en live? For though its light

Must shine till from the body torn;

Then, when the oil of life is spent,

Still shall the taper burn?

O, powerless is this struggling brain

To rend the mighty mystery;

In dark, uncertain awe it waits

The common doom, to die.

These two poems seem to be about very different things. In "A time to come" the speaker talks about death and in "first man on the moon" the speaker explains the first moon landing. Both poems hold one thing in common, the tone. For both the speaker holds a tone of awe when discussing the morbid thoughts around death versus the happiness and excitement around the moon landing. My first time experiencing such awe was when I first learned about and saw the vast infinity that is out universe.

"If We Must Die"

By Claude McKay

"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

By Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

This quote reflects what most people do when they are angry, they lose control and say something they regret or perform an action that cannot be undone. I have made bad decisions when angry and have dug a deeper hole that I have to climb out of to earn respect back. These poems show anger at its worse. Anger at what cannot be stopped or controlled, Death. The poem by Dylan Thomas shows the speakers frustration as they near death and how they will not go down for the last time without a fight. Claude McKay's poem expresses the speakers want to die a noble death.

"The Angel With The Broken Wing"

By Dana Gioia

I am the Angel with the Broken Wing,

The one large statue in this quiet room.

The staff finds me too fierce, and so they shut

Faith’s ardor in this air-conditioned tomb.

The docents praise my elegant design

Above the chatter of the gallery.

Perhaps I am a masterpiece of sorts—

The perfect emblem of futility.

Mendoza carved me for a country church.

(His name’s forgotten now except by me.)

I stood beside a gilded altar where

The hopeless offered God their misery.

I heard their women whispering at my feet—

Prayers for the lost, the dying, and the dead.

Their candles stretched my shadow up the wall,

And I became the hunger that they fed.

I broke my left wing in the Revolution

(Even a saint can savor irony)

When troops were sent to vandalize the chapel.

They hit me once—almost apologetically.

For even the godless feel something in a church,

A twinge of hope, fear? Who knows what it is?

A trembling unaccounted by their laws,

An ancient memory they can’t dismiss.

There are so many things I must tell God!

The howling of the dammed can’t reach so high.

But I stand like a dead thing nailed to a perch,

A crippled saint against a painted sky.

Fear. Everyone fears something no matter how irrational. Fear is deep set and almost impossible to overcome. It takes an equal amount of courage and willpower to overcome such a simple emotion. Fear can lock our minds and paralyze our bodies, it is even possible for fear to kill. The emotion can force people to make a decision that can lead to their demise.

"Seawater Stiffens Cloth"

By Jane Hirshfield

In the poem "Seawater Stiffens Cloth" the author talks about pain in its simplest form. After people endure pain it leaves them changed, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Pain is the most common emotion seen on a day to day basis, either physical or mental pain has a way to mess with our minds. If you pay close attention to the world today you can see how people are affected.

"After Fifty Years"

By William Faulkner

Hope is a strong emotion, its counterpart disappointment is a feeling that cannot be put into words accurately. Each person that has experienced it deals with it differently. When I feel disappointed I make a point to avoid the person who has disappointed me. It is not the best option when dealing with any problems.

"After The Funeral"

By Peter Everwine

If you have not felt grief in your life your either very lucky, or do not care about anyone besides yourself. When you care about someone enough to share their sorrow you can also lend strength to over come the grief. I feel like the definition of grief helps to understand it; deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone's death.



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