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In C K Williams Grief the speaker explores the all too common experience of losing a loved one The speaker describes the pain involved in sitting helplessly by only able to watch while another human being slowly withdraws into death The poem Grief like many of CK Williams poems is a maelstrom of memories thoughts emotions and other human experiences In this particular poem the speaker is torn by the slow death of his elderly mother His attempts to console himself and his family leads him to believe that she has lived a full life and is now released from her suffering headed toward a place of serenity and repose How does this phrase peace of the earth 32 suggest a release from the suffering of dyingIn the poem entitled Grief by C K Williams the reader is taken through one mans painful experience of watching his mothers slow death Williams is renowned for his ability to capture the emotions and concepts of the human spirit Perhaps The Boston Globes critic Jonathan Aaron put it best in his review statingA matchless explorer of the burdens of consciousness C K Williams has always written brilliantly about human pain that which we inflict upon others and upon ourselves and that which we experience in dreading what were fated for Williams does not dispute that death is not a natural thing in fact it is something that we are all fated for however he attempts to illustrate the pain and human emotion that are associated with death In the poem Grief Williams is also successful in demonstrating the transition from the anguish experienced while a loved one withdraws into death to the eventual rest the deceased enter The phrase peace of the earth is suggestive of the bodys final resting place in which the soul is liberated from the body in death and the individual experiences a release from suffering Throughout the poem the speaker attempts to identify
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