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Death's Door Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve A Cultural StudyPoet has written about death and what poet hasn t Sandra Gilbert Has Read And Gilbert has read and their work But along the way her subject ran away with her and snowballed She reminisces about the death of her own husband some of the touching parts of the book and contemplates medieval art the Holocaust medical technologies roadside shrines to the dead the trenches of WWI the AIDS epidemic the American funeral business and 911 I think that if anything at all has been written about death Ms Gilbert has read it At times I thought the sheer weight of the evidence made the book something of a ponderous slog to get through despite Ms Gilbert s obvious intelligence and sensitivity I also thought the muchness of it all sometimes made it difficult to follow the thread of her argument But this is it In the past society had a view of death as expiration or the breathing OUT OF THE SOUL WHICH WOULD ASCEND TO GOD of the soul which would ascend to God view was accompanied by rituals which brought comfort mostly religious rituals And the poetry of the time had religious imagery or pastoral imagery with references to classical gods The modern view of death is that of termination a complete ending The industrialization and dehumanization of death delivered on a massive scale by wars and other disasters has made the old consolations seless Modern writers write about death in the form of bearing witness They describe the brutality the horror the specifics of how the death happened and they recall details of the life of the deceased Is there any consolation Well not really But the last word is that facing p to the reality of death looking clear eyed at that door through which our loved ones vanish and through which the pain of widowhood or other loss enters our lives is a kind of victory in itself not a feel good summer beach read kind of book but so far fairly interesting i am appreciating the way the author combines memoir with the tools of literary and cultural analysis to discuss her own experience of grieving as well as the history of elegies and cultural traditions of loss it s a nice change from some of the other books i ve started on grieving and mourning which I ve found to be not very well written and consisting mostly of touchy feely personal accounts of death Sometimes critical "distance can be just as therapeutic Front Cover Bleak cold pic of an "can be just as therapeutic Front Cover Bleak cold pic of an room and a door where you can t see beyondBack Cover Reviews from journals such as the Washington Post Library Journal Includes author summary professor at UC Davis in CaliforniaInside Many accolades from people like Joyce Carol Oates Journal of the Amer Medical AssnTopics Hospitals Rituals History of how death has been perceivedTone Lofty Intellectual big words Dense Text Poemsuotes IncludedContent This is not a practical guide for navigating hospitals and funeral homes but rather an all encompassing overview of how various groups in the world handle this rite of passage Our thinking about mortality More recently did the catastrophe of 911 alter our modes of mourning And are there at the same time aspects of grief that barely change from age to age Seneca wrote Anyone can stop a man's life but no one his death; a thousand doors open on to it This inevitability has left varying marks on all human cu. One would expect that a book that calls itself Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve would discuss just such things Perhaps it would be an anthropological study or as

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misleading library on its credits page suggests explore the social aspects of death Instead Death s Door is an neasy mixture of literary analysis and personalI hesitate to say essay because the thoughts events and remembrances in the memoir like portions of the book are rarely complete It is as if the author is driven to confess the dark thoughts that plagued her after her husband s death and yet can t bring herself to actually provide the reader with enough information to actually grasp what happened to him and how she felt about it Or perhaps having covered that information in another book she didn t feel the need to recap it hereEither way the personal parts of each chapter are much compelling than the readings Gilbert offers of the snatches of poems reprinted here The sual suspects are trotted out again and again Thomas Hardy Sylvia Plath D H Lawrence William Carlos Williams She has limited herself to poetry and occasionally prose that directly addresses the author s loss Why that means she s limited to analyzing work that is generally 50 years old or is less clear She references Paul Monette and some of the other survivors of the AIDS plague without giving them as much weight as heterosexual survivors from earlier in the century What this means then is that Gilbert s definition of modern does not mirror mine She mentions the effects of 911 on modern American only in the Preface and again in her final chapter but the reference feels like an afterthought perhaps suggested by an editor in an attempt to attach the book to the presentTaking the book as it stands I would have preferred to read the source poems Gilbert discusses rather than picking my way through her selected passages a line here a stanza there I feel that I don t know enough context from the poems or from the poets lives to know if the citations actually fit Gilbert s theories And because she won t be honest about her own life I don t trust her to be honest in what she s sharingAlthough I have a reasonably large library devoted to death dying and grief including several anthologies of poetry on the subject I did not find Death s Door Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve a seful addition of my collection Perhaps if you re a death obsessed English major who misses the days of being lectured to this is the book for you Otherwise don t be lured by its title This book is a remarkable piece of for you Otherwise don t be lured by its title This book is a remarkable piece of Sandra Gilbert set out to explore how poets write elegies "To The Dead And "the dead and that writing has changed over the years She analyzes poems by DH Lawrence Thomas Hardy Sylvia Plath William Carlos Williams Robert Lowell Robert frost TS Eliot Walt Whitman Emily Dickinson Donald Hall and Wallace Stevens and that is only the beginning If Prominent critic poet and memoirist Sandra M Gilbert explores our relationship to death though literature history poetry and societal practices Does death change;and if it does how has it changed in the last century And how have our experiences and expressions of grief changed Did the traumas of Hiroshima and the Holocaust transform.
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F you are interested in how modern humans approach dying and grief through poetry then this is a great read A few reviewers refer to a letter of William Butler YEATS IN WHICH HE STATED THAT SEX AND THE in which he stated that sex and the are the only topics of interest to a serious and studious mood Sandra M Gilbert famously tackled the former in her landmark study of women writers The Madwoman in the Attic coauthored with Susan Gubar 1979 Following the death of her husband as a result of medical malpractice Gilbert picked The Franklin's Prologue and Tale Selected Tales from Chaucer up an academic study of elegies she had begun in the 1970s and created this graduate seminar on mourning Harper s Critics praise this extraordinarily learned rumination on the nature of death for its empathetic tone and its refusal to resort to navel gazing With death in vogue in entertainment circles from Six Feet Under to The Year of Magical Thinking Gilbert delivers a book as ageless as its subjectThis is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine 35stars Confessionp front I didnt read all this book I started out plodded along got bored started skimming especially over all the poetry then stuttered to a stop about 13rd the way through The book is way too long the writing turgid and sloppy by turns the aims obscure the whole subject drowned nder the authors own grieving So many other positive and enlightening books out there For me a alified really liked it Exhaustively researched but a bit too much of an academic read for most people I imagine Gilbert is a fine poet and her inuiries into the work of poets such as Plath Dickinson and Whitman are profound it s also an intriguing idea to explore the how of the ways modern grieving developed through several avenues She looks at psychology social attitudes war religion science politics and literature and how all of these including economic impulses and media have contributed to current US cultural concepts of the best way to die or even to talk about death in mixed companyAll the same I found much of the prose tedioustoo die or even to talk about death in mixed companyAll the same I found much of the prose tedioustoo direct Zur Soziologie des Parteiwesens in der modernen Demokratie Untersuchungen über die oligarchischen Tendenzen des Gruppenlebens uotes suashed together as evidence a peculiar chronology and some repetition of key ideas that the scholarly reader doesn t need Her examination of our ambiguous fraught embarrassed attitudes is welcome even spot on I d nevertheless prefer a prose with fewer rhetoricalestions Maybe the problem for me is her attempt to bring in the personal with the scholarly those readers who prefer the former may want to read her memoir Wrongful Death insteadFor nerdy types interested in philosophy poetry and sociology her bibliography is to die for My to read list is now about 30 books longer than it was Gilbert not only shares her personal experience with loss but shows how others have sed poetry photography and other artistic expressions to work through their grief To anyone who believes in bibliotherapy poetry therapy and the power of writing to heal this book is an incredible academic resource Fo. Ltures Exploring expressions of faith burial customs photographs poems and memoirs acclaimed author Sandra M Gilbert brings to the topic of death the critical skill that won her fame for The Madwoman in the Attic and other books as she examines both the changelessness of grief and the changing customs that mark contemporary mourning. .