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Terence Duncan 110199 An Essay on During A Sons Dangerous Illness Death can strike at anytime sometimes expected but too often unannounced Denise Levertov wrote a poem entitled During a Sons Dangerous Illness about the unmerciful side of death This poem emphasied on emotions visualization and a consice structure that symbolizes how perplexing and awful death can be It is a poem of desolate mood and brought a horrifiying feeling to me In my opinion works of literature like this that bring a sense of awarness to the world to cherish every moment for it could be your last The beginning of the poem starts with a very powerful line You could die before me The fact of the matter is however no matter what the circumstances young old rich poor white or black you can be here today and gone tommorrow It is very evident at the beginning of the poem that the author is coming from personal expierence The author speaks of how her younger sister passed away and how heartbroken their mother was Now it seems she is faced with her first born possibly dying in an untimely manner Instead of devoting the poem to just simply her pain anguish and suffering she broadens the topic of death and applies it to society and the environment in a way that cause me to reflect She asks questions regarding what will happen if all life dyies all creatures signifing how death effects everyone and has is nondiscriminant in its quest Questions arise about the past and future and when something dies what possibly becomes of that potential future or in fact there ever was one Is it all some master plan is it all for nothing do loved ones have a say I believe part of the answer is no we have no say in who gets taken from us at least for the most part The future that
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