Intro to Literature

Final Paper
ENG 125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor Erin Schwartz
October 8, 2013

Final Paper
What makes two literary works different and similar? Many literary works have the same or different forms or elements of their work; and when reading different pieces of literary work you may find that every author has their own unique piece of work. Emily Dickinson and John Updike are different authors that share the same theme which is death. Even though ‘Because I could not Stop for Death’ by Emily Dickinson and ‘Dog’s Death’ by John Updike share the same theme and other aspects of their poem; they also have many differences in their style, form, content in their poem.
These two particular works have something in common and that is its theme. A “theme tells you what the story is about” (Clugston.(2010).sec7.1). Even with the theme of the two poems being ‘death’, they both speak of death in a different way and have a different style. ‘Because I could not Stop for Death’ is a poem about a lady taking a ride with a man, which is referred to as death, to her death. In her journey she passes a school filled with children, a field, and then arrives to a house, which symbolizes a grave. The style of this poem is that it is written as a lyric poem with a ballad. There are words that are repeated in the stanzas: “The word ‘passed’ is repeated four times in stanzas three and four. They are ‘passing’ by the children and grain, both still part of life. They are also ‘passing’ out of time into eternity. The sun passes them as the sun does everyone who is buried. With the sun setting, it becomes dark in contrast to the light of the preceding stanzas” (Melani.(n.d).para5).   In the poem ‘Dog’s Death’ it is about a family’s pet dying. ‘Dog’s Death’ using the word death as an action, something that is taking place: “We found her twisted and limp but still alive. In the car to the vet’s, on my lap, she tried. To bite my hand and died. I stroked her warm fur. And my wife...