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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>I like the look of Agony Review

I like the look of Agony

Book Review   by:tinas     Original Author: Emily Dickinson
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I like the look of Agony is a poem, which highly focuses our attention on death. The first line of the poem seems to be full of cold and with a pinch of sadism so as to change our view of Agony radically. Very often death raise fear ad hopelessness in us, whereas contents of the poem is constructed such that we could believe that the moment of death is close to us, we should be aware of the fact that our life is passing and the inevitable end should not be associated with the misery, yet, with consequences of events or another stage in our life. While reading the poem we try to identify ourselves with someone who is very close to the end of their life. What is surprising is the fact having read the first line we are shocked by its direct message and brutality. Although, in the second part of the poem the word Agony, which sounded frightful, now takes a totally different meaning The author wants to show us, that Agony does not have to be associated with fear, we begin to perceive the moment of death as an event, which is an ordinary stage of everybody’s lives … it is an event like any other. Here we stand in front of death and we are prepared to face it. Emily Dickinson puts a sentence at the beginning I like the look of Agony not because she likes to look at people’s suffering, but only because she is fascinated with the way of expressing the agony.
She tries to focus the reader’s attention on the fact that, many different emotions may be expressed improperly, or they may be beyond one’s control once we realize the end is inevitable. People always try to control their emotions and have the total power on them The agony is a moment in our lives when we cannot take full control on what is happening to us. It is the moment when we perfectly honest. We don’t pretend, we don’t simulate, and we just live the moments not even thinking how to gain any control. In my view, the poem shows positive sides of agony despite the fact we are very conscious of our end, we are ourselves, maybe for the first time in our lives we do not have to pretend or control anything, we fully devote to the power which is beyond any control, which is unstoppable, it is an irreversible process, and our entire life leads towards a dignified encounter with death. Analyzing the poem I can entirely agree with the author, that the sentence I like the look of Agony pays homage to those who struggle with death….
Published: June 19, 2006   
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