Analysis Of The Poem ' Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night '

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Death is the principle theme throughout each of these six poems; however each poet interprets death and its effects in completely different ways. Some poets, such as Christina Rossetti in her poem ‘Remember’, focus on bereavement in a domestic setting; whereas Carol Ann Duffy, Chinua Achebe and Wilfred Owen concentrate upon death as a result of war in ‘War Photographer’, ‘A Mother in a Refugee Camp’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, respectively. Alice Walker in ‘Poem at Thirty-Nine’ and Dylan Thomas in his poem ‘Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night’ also focus upon demise on a familial level.
Achebe’s poem ‘A Mother in a Refugee Camp’ describes the sorrow and anguish of a mother whose son is dying or has died from an unidentified ailment, during the Nigerian civil war. He depicts death as being rife and how it can drive the people involved towards the extremes of emotions, either seizing on to any part of their past so it cannot slip away from them or succumbing to the eventuality of death.
Achebe explores the theme of death through the use of deathly imagery and this can be seen when he writes that the mother is combing the "rust-coloured hair left on his skull". The use of the word “skull” is extremely provocative as it suggests that the child is so near to death he is already a skeleton and this also presents death as something which is incredibly difficult for people who are close to the dead or dying to accept. This can be seen in his mother still combing his hair, an
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