Literature Work “verse written on her death bed”
Publicado el 21/09/2017 por agustinbravo
In Literature, we started working with the poem “Verse Written in her death bed”. With Agustin Reynal and Agustin Bravo, we developed the following task and answered the questions.
This is a beautiful and moving poem filled with the romance of a woman who feels she has truly found her soul mate.
Read the poem
Verse written on her death bed
Thou who dost all my worldly thoughts employ,
Thou pleasing source of all my earthly joy,
Thou tenderest husband and thou dearest friend,
To thee this first, this last adieu I send!
At length the conqueror death asserts his right,
And will for ever veil me from thy sight;
He wooes me to him with a cheerful grace,
And not one terror clouds his meagre face;
He promises a lasting rest from pain,
And shews that all life’s fleeting joys are vain;
Th’ eternal scenes of heaven he sets in view,
And tells me that no other joys ar true.
But love, fond love, would yet resist his power,
Would fain awhile defer the parting hour;
He brings thy mourning image to my eyes,
And would obstruct my journey to the skies.
But say, thou dearest, thou unwearied friend!
Say, should’st thou grieve to see my sorrows end?
Thou know’st a painful pilgrimage I’ve past;
And should’st thou grieve that rest is come at last?
Rather rejoice to see me shake off life,
And die as I have liv’d, thy faithful wife.
Mary Monck (?-1715)
Work in pairs and include:
1-data about the writer and context of production
2-whether this poem is based on her life or not
3-themes and tones
4-literary devices used by the poet to put across her message
5-personal conclusion on the poem
-choose a song that deals with the same topic, find a video and analyse it.
-Post it in your blog
Deadline: September 25
1.Mary Monck was a Scottish poet and a translator of chiefly Italian works. She was the second daughter of a wealthy British aristocrat, with strong Irish connections who married a chap called George Monck in Ireland and then died in 1715. Her writings seem to have been largely confined to a private social circle during her lifetime. Most of them were published posthumously by her father. What may perhaps have been the one poem missing from her papers, and omitted from Marinda, was not published until 1755. This is the touching poem written on her death-bed, as a ‘faithful wife’ to her ‘tend’rest husband’. This clearly became her most popular poem and is the one poem by her which did circulate widely in manuscript.
2.Yes, the poem is kind of autobiographical, as it is clearly based on the writer’s life, and her marriage with George Monck. In this poem, Mary refers to her real marriage mixing both love and death.
3.The themes are in our opinion True love and Mortality, as Mary refers to her marriage and husband mixing both, while the voice expresses a tone very emotional and gentle.
4.In the first lines we can spot a constant use of superlatives that helps in giving hyperbolic language to the poem, emphasising the voice’s love. The repetition of ‘all’ emphasises the fact that he is the only person in her life, and we can later see how the “conqueror” is personified as death. Enjambment is used in lines 13 and 17 to show that she stumbles when considering the love and the man she is leaving behind. In the final section, rhetorical questions are used to convince her husband that her death is for the best.
5.The poem is a very interesting one, which deals with many different emotions as the writer Mary Wonck explores her marriage with George Wonck. We believe the poem is very nice as it mixes many different feelings such as true love and death or mortality. The voice has an amazing love for her husband and shows how she is afraid of dying, as her husband would be left completely alone and heartbroken. In conclusion, with different devices Mary shows well how she can not accept death as she loves too much George and can not get separated from him.
VIRTUAL PERIOD TASK
The song I chose was “I will follow you into the dark”, from Death Cab for Cutie
In my opinion, this song is very nice and it tackles the same topics as the poem. The song shows well although there may be true love in a relationship, one day, death will come, and of course it will be something to fear. Death would leave as a consequence one of the lovers alone and heartbroken, but still humans are mortal and both love and death are something common and important in life.