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Death is the reward of Life Life is considered by some to be a journey towards death and the great reward of afterlife This traveling process is held in many different views and is expressed in numerous manners in literature Two prominent Victorian poets who wrote on this topic were Alfred Lord Tennyson with Crossing the Bar and Christina Rossetti with Up-Hill Through their in-depth and unique use of imagery tone and theme the authors individual ideals are conveyed in poetic form In Crossing the Bar Tennyson employs descriptive images that help portray his views about death In the beginning of the poem Tennyson writes Sunset and evening star and one clear call for me emphasizing that the skies are clear and there is overbearing calmness Tennyson reinforces this portrait by adding but such a tide as moving seems asleep representing that the sea is set for clear and calm voyage However Rossettis Up-Hill illustrates a much different image than Crossing the Bar She paints a picture of a rough trek through lines such as Shall I find comfort travel-sore and weak Rossetti also writes Then must I knock or call when I am in sight They will not keep you standing at the door which demonstrates of acceptance and openess The authors distinct ideals of the journey of life and death of man can also be interpreted through the tone of each poem In Crossing the Bar Tennyson presents 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 the boundless deep turns home again and For though from out our bourne of Time Rush 2 and Peace the flood may bear me far These lines reassure that no infliction will occur throughout his travel to see his Pilot face to face Rossettis conception of lifes journey is not so peaceful as Tennysons The poem
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