Analysis Of "Fireflies In A Graveyard"

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Word Count: 408 Analysis of "Fireflies In A Graveyard" Robert P. Tristram Coffin wrote the poem "Fireflies in a Graveyard" in an effort to convey one message. That message is that there is life after death, and that death is inevitable. But he also shows that death isn't something to be afraid of and isn't really all that bad.

Coffin's first line "No one would notice this small cemetery," means the living humans cannot see the after life or just look past it. This is further strengthened in line 4 "Most people have forgotten it is there." This also insinuates that people do not want to acknowledge the after life or believe in it at all.

In trying to prove his point more concretely, Coffin uses a very good metaphor for souls. In lines 6and 7, "With myriads of hazy fireflies; they come and go like coals the wind breathes on."

In these lines he refers to souls or angels as the fireflies as they float around in the after life or "small cemetery" if you will. Also in lines 8-10, "The light of their small, instant aureoles lights up the gravestones. Folks remember then the way which all of us are bound to go." Coffin begins to elude to the inevitability of death. When he says folks remember then the way we are all bound to go I think that line pretty much proves his point totally.

By now the author has created an image of ghosts and souls. In lines 14-17, "You must not be too sure though; little flies and birds all guileless, starry innocence have preached to men and city walls have fallen down before their eloquence." Coffin eludes to the inevitability of death. In line 20 he solidifies this point with the...