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Life is considered by some to be a journey towards death and the greatreward of afterlife This traveling process is held in many different views and isexpressed in numerous manners in literature Two prominent Victorian poets whowrote on this topic were Alfred Lord Tennyson with Crossing the Bar andChristina Rossetti with Up-Hill Through their in-depth and unique use ofimagery tone and theme the authors individual ideals are conveyed in poeticIn Crossing the Bar Tennyson employs descriptive images that helpportray his views about death In the beginning of the poem Tennyson writesSunset and evening star and one clear call for me emphasizing that the skies areclear and there is overbearing calmness Tennyson reinforces this portrait byadding but such a tide as moving seems asleep representing that the sea is setfor clear and calm voyage However Rossettis Up-Hill illustrates a muchdifferent image than Crossing the Bar She paints a picture of a rough trekthrough lines such as Shall I find comfort travel-sore and weak Rossetti alsowrites Then must I knock or call when I am in sight They will not keep youstanding at the door which demonstrates of acceptance and openessThe authors distinct ideals of the journey of life and death of man can alsobe interpreted through the tone of each poem In Crossing the Bar Tennysonpresents a sense of serenity by expressing his actions confidently that all is well This mood is achieved through the lines When that which drew from out theboundless deep turns home again and For though from out our bourne of Time and Peace the flood may bear me far These lines reassure that no infliction willoccur throughout his travel to see his Pilot face to face Rossettis conception oflifes journey is not so peaceful as Tennysons The poem is an pendulum ofprying questions with fulfilling answers to which the asking speaker progressesalong This poetic form makes up a tone that advances in strength through eachstanza While the overall tone is a
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