This essay shows every single thing you will need for one of Alexander Pope's poems, namely it is "A Dying Christian in his soul". i take honors english, hopes this helps :)

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Alexander Pope was a great poet in his own way. One of his greatest works "The Dying Christian in his Soul" was one poem of great awe and inspiration. His poems cover many of the literary devices used in the English language, and can be very complex to explain at times. In order to fully analyze one of Pope's poems, one must look through and describe each and every stanza with every little detail possible in order to fully understand his poems. Pope's "The Dying Christian in his Soul" is a perfect example of how Pope uses the many literary devise known to the English language.

The first element of this well written poem is point of view, setting and theme. From the very start of the poem Pope explains the theme and setting of his poem,
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"Mortal" and "frame" found on the second line are often imagined as the human body, because mortal meaning of this world and frame meaning something that encompasses something else are used mutually to allow the reader to see a human body. "Trembling", "ling'ring" and "flying are on the third line of the third stanza and they often lead readers to think of a person that is disoriented or confused. The speaker doesn't know what is happening, and has become disoriented because of his new surroundings. In the fourth line "pain", "bliss"

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and "dying" are used to show that even though the speaker is hurt by his death and wishes he had not died, the speaker is also happy at the same time because his suffering in the real world has ended and is finally over. These words allow the reader to envisage this in their minds and understand how the speaker feels. On the final line of the first stanza, terms such as "Cease", "Nature" and "life" are utilized. "Cease" means to stop, when the reader looks at this term, they imagine that something has stopped, then when the reader reads on, the idioms "Nature" and "life" are read. This allows the reader to visualize that a life has stopped and that nature no longer has a grasp of this life anymore.

The second stanza is where the speaker finally notices what is going on. "Hark", "whisper" and "angels" are used on the first line. When one reads these words they think of a person listening

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