‘Waiting’ by John Burroughs is an interesting, powerful poem written by a poet born in the mid-19th century. It asserts his, or a persona’s opinion about his fate.
Fate is one of the most important topics in this unique poem. The speaker is entirely committed to allowing his fate to play out as it will. There is nothing he does, he knows, that can change it.
Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For, lo! my own shall come to me.
‘Twas the old — road — through pain—’ by Emily Dickinson describes a woman’s path from life to death and her entrance into Heaven.
Death is the fate that the woman is walking towards, as are all human beings.
‘Because I could not stop for death,’ Dickinson’s best-known poem, is a depiction of one speaker’s journey into the afterlife with personified “Death” leading the way.
This poem reminds readers that death is a fate that no one can escape from.