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Theme of Death as Explored in Crabbit Old Woman, Recall, and Refugee Mother and Child

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From the three poems Crabbit Old Woman, Remember, along with Refugee Mother and Child, the similar theme is passing. Remember is a sonnet by Christina Rossetti, that extends into the thoughts of a dying woman imploring her fan to permanently remember her, only to change her mind after the volta. Phyllis McCormack's Crabbit Old Woman tells of a old woman's opinion on her nurses' understanding of her. Refugee Mother and Child, written by Chinua Achebe, is a emotive poem that defines a mother's unwavering devotion towards her dying son. In Recall, there is heavy repetition of the word 'remember'. This emphasizes the most important objective of the poem, which had been to inform the narrator's spouse to never forget her. The initial 'Remember me', is almost as an arrangement, even though it is certainly not threatening or commanding, more desperate. The usage of 'me', a personal pronoun, provides the poem a much more intimate tone. This makes the reader feel as though they are delving deep within the narrator's thoughts, and they're on a really private level of her mind. The repetition shows her protective, almost selfish attitude towards her fan, as she does not want her spouse to proceed without her. The allusion to the Rossetti's and her partner's future is even more tragic and poignant. Although she doesn't directly address it, the reader understands that her spouse had imagined a happy ending for them, rather than a terrible one, because she composes 'You tell me of our future that you planned'. The strong, direct usage of 'you' virtually feels as the narrator is addressing the reader, creating a close relationship. Again, using 'Remember me' sounds as though the narrator is begging for her fan to recall her, which causes the reader to sense her pain. The usage of a euphemism.

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