"When Death Comes" by Mary Oliver

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June 2, 2015

 

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The author repeatedly describes death as something that happens without warning. Phrases like "?death comes like the hungry bear in autumn" and "?death comes like the measle-pox" help to emphasize the idea that death can come at any point in ones life. She also describes death as a person, and says, "death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut...
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She also describes death as a person, and says, "death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut." In my opinion, this is the saddest line in the poem. The word "snaps" makes me think of death as something that can happen immediately. Death snaps his purse shut, and ones' life is over...
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