Monday, April 25, 2016

Death as Metaphor 22: Last Thoughts for Closure

Poets write from the heart and the images they elicit may stem from many metaphors, including death, that may question the way they are used.

Poetry is one of the avenues I chose to share what death might mean and to try to understand it better. Whether it is for literal meaning or non-literal use of the metaphor, writing poetry in a contemporary world is the key to unleashing words that express a variety of things, including abstract or symbolic representations.

Death is symbolic of something lost. In this case, it is the loss of one’s roots, one’s home, of love, and the loss of a future. These experiences are what elicit the reader’s emotions in a personal way. The familiar subject of death touches individuals in a myriad of ways and the metaphors help in its allusion.

As described in my previous posts where I mentioned Charles Darwin, one cannot escape death, whether it comes naturally or not, but one can also create it inside of them. One can become ‘dead’ if they do not actively participate in their life.

Death may hold a lot of metaphors, but it is the way we use them in our poetry that shines a light to the subject. Not all of it is negative or literal.

I hope the Death as Metaphor posts have helped you get a glimpse into its use or has inspired you to read/write some poetry.

And to end on a high note, five of my poems, which deal with some death metaphors, got entered in the Spectrum 4 Anthology: 2016s Top Ten San Gabriel Valley Poets! Pretty nifty, huh?

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