Death, Be Not Proud, By John Donne

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Death and mortality are common themes widely used throughout poetry and other numerous works of literature. As well as this, death is a common occurrence in life, and though most people refuse to accept or acknowledge it, everyone must deal with it at some point in their lifetime. Whether it be the death of a family member, friend, or the final stages of your own life you will experience death in some way. In the poems, “Death, be not proud” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” the speakers possess two similar ideas of just what death is. “Death, be not proud” is a poem written by John Donne and maintains a direct approach to the coming of death. “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” is another poem discussing death and mortality, written by Dylan Thomas, and reflects his somewhat more defiant attitude towards death. In both poems, the themes of death and mortality, though constant, are written about in different ways. In “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” by Dylan Thomas, the speaker has a very resistant view of death and believes the reader should as well. The poem begins as the speaker is talking to an unknown person and telling them “do not go gentle into that good night.” The repeated phrase is used throughout the poem as a reinforcement of the idea that we should not simply accept death. Instead, the speaker suggests that we be angry towards the idea of dying, and is shown by use of the phrase “rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The
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