The poems “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas and “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A. E. Housman both discuss how each author views death. But, both poems have drastically different opinions upon the matter. Thomas in “Do Not Go Gentle” is full despair and hatred towards death, and is tries to convince his father not to accept death. Whereas, Housman in “To an Athlete” expresses that a young death is beautiful and glorious. That a young death shouldn’t be just seen as sad, but more as honorable.
Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe were both nineteenth century gothic poets known for their lifelong fascination with the theme of mortality, but their style and approach to writing could not be more contrary. Although death is inevitable, the idea of it was a painful subject for many in this particular day in age; death and illness was much more common. These two poets not only spoke about death in the majority of their literature, but they were obsessed. Poe and Dickenson were from around the same time period and region, and the way they spoke about mortality had different effects in their communities. Dickenson’s free-flowing style in her writings about death and nature was elegant and subtle, while Poe wrote articulate and flamboyant tales of horror and insanity. These poets may have had similar interests, but the way society received their work was completely different.
Two literary pieces, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by, Dylan Thomas and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by, Emily Dickinson are both poems that discuss the topic of death. While there are some similarities and comparisons between the two poems, when it comes to the themes, both poets writing styles are quite different from one another which makes each poem unique. Thomas and Dickinson both use identical figurative language devices and other literature symbolisms as they explain their main themes which contrasts the differences to the concept of death. These distinct variations between poems are apparent in both the form, and how the choice of words is used in the poems. Both of the authors have presented two very different ideas on death. The poems are well distinguished literature devices, they share minor similarities and differences between each other and how they present the meaning of death to a toll.
Both Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Dirge Without Music” and Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” are poems that discuss the emotional repercussions of death and dying. Grieving the loss of a loved one can be an extremely excruciating experience. At times one may feel suffocated by the sorrow and are desperate for a way to find relief from these intense emotions that are apparent in the grieving process. This is where works of literature can be therapeutic when dealing with difficult emotions. Poetry can be extremely helpful in this sense as one of its purposes is to emphasize certain feelings, ones that we feel but are not sure how to process. It can bring to life what we wish we could do or say, but are not able to. By cross-referencing
“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas is a magnificent poem that expresses great power, beauty, and gentleness, in which tone and emotion are exquisitely blended. His poem illustrates various ways to approach death. In expressing this, Thomas believes that one should not be so accepting and giving to death, but advocates living up until the last breathe. Thomas’s message is a plea to his ill, dying father, pleading him not to give in, but to fight death. Thomas further suggests that a great man must not die quietly, but to live fully and experience life to his utmost ability and capability. Not only is this poem about fighting death, but it also identifies how people may not live life to their
William Cullen Bryant and Dylan Thomas were both influential writers of their time. They created poetical works of a variety of things. The entity that aided to the influence the authors had was the passion they had for their works. The issue that these two men felt strongest about was death. Bryant and Thomas were both inspired by the topic and composed a poem on it. William Cullen Bryant wrote Thanatopsis, his view on death, in the early 19th century. He was best known for his romantic style of literature which mainly involved his views, on religion and faith. In the 1930’s and 1940’s Dylan Thomas also became a well-known poet. He wrote, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, this signified to his opinion on death as well.
How do most people, in general, feel about death? Are they calm, scared, indifferent? In Dylan Thomas’ poem, “Do not go gentle into that good night” and A.E Housman’s poem, “To An Athlete Dying Young” the poets use literary devices to portray their different perspectives on death. In Thomas’ poem, he creates a sense of injustice and anger towards the perceived death of his father. Housman, on the other hand, has a more serene outlook on the event even though it still depicts sadness.
The poem “Because I could Not Stop for Death”, written by Emily Dickinson, is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces in American history. This poem is about the reflection of death and focuses on what happens in the life after death. Many normally think of death as scary and often won't accept it, however, in this poem Dickinson personifies Death and makes him out to be a compassionate gentlemen. Not only is Death not feared anymore but also accepted in this poem. It gives a new outlook on how one looks at death and the after life. Emily Dickinson’s poem can be interpreted in many different ways due to the use of other literary devices such as figurative language, personification, symbolism, imagery and more, all of which accompany her unique and precise form of writing.
Death is a natural occurrence that happens to every living organism. Though, death is a destined occurrence many people have many different point of views on death. In Alan Seeger’s poem, “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” he further elaborates on death in his perspective as a soldier in battle and in “Because I could not stop for death” Emily Dickinson explains her poem in a perspective of a white puratan women. In the poems, “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” by Alan Seeger and “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson, both explain to readers what death means to them and their point of view on death is and the implications it may have on them. Overall, these poems use diction, repetition, personification, and even rhyme to relate
Death is a controversial and sensitive subject. When discussing death, several questions come to mind about what happens in our afterlife, such as: where do you go and what do you see? Emily Dickinson is a poet who explores her curiosity of death and the afterlife through her creative writing ability. She displays different views on death by writing two contrasting poems: one of a softer side and another of a more ridged and scary side. When looking at dissimilar observations of death it can be seen how private and special it is; it is also understood that death is inevitable so coping with it can be taken in different ways. Emily Dickinson’s poems “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died” show both
Who does not cower in fear upon the thought of death? Almost everybody does! However, people have differing views on the abstract idea of dying. In examining the poem "Because I Could Not Stop For Death? by Emily Dickinson and "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night? by Dylan Thomas, it is evident that the poets use contrasting and comparative techniques in their unique presentations of the concept of death. In the poem "Because I Could Not Stop For Death? Emily Dickinson presents the idea of acceptance of death, whereas in the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night? Dylan Thomas presents the idea of refusal and opposition to death. Despite the differences in theme, these two poets both use similar figurative language devices, such as
Death. Although it's a natural, necessary part of existence, it is such a tremendous topic that can be viewed from a massive number of angles - religion, philosophy and science. But, what really matters in addition to what was mentioned before is our point of view on life and how we’ll deal with our struggles. Are we going to survive? Will we ever lose hope and give up? The poets Emily Dickinson and Peter Porter achieved excellent conflicting prospects and viewpoints of this in their poems “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” and “A Consumer’s Report”, through the use of language, structure and varying poetic devices that I am going to analyse in this essay.
Dylan Thomas, a poet famous for writing about death, contracted pneumonia and continued living his life as he had before he had fallen ill. When he finally succumbed to his sickness and was left in a coma, he remained living for so long before he died that his wife supposedly said to the doctors, “Is the bloody man dead yet?” (Hopton). Thomas was just following his own advice he included in his poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” in which he establishes the theme of resisting death. In this poem, Thomas uses the poetic elements of repetition, tone, and figurative language to convey his theme.
People would not want to hear that their loved ones merely gave up and died passively. This poem in itself is a celebration of life, the poem is not only about death but it is an affirmation of life. To further emphasise the points being made Dylan Thomas utilises a wide range of literary devices. Parallelism is used from lines seven to fifteen to juxtapose the different attitudes of the so called “genres” of men at their death. This is used to outline that if you continuously lead one set type of lifestyle whether it is as a “wild man”, a “grave man” or a “good man” you will not be satisfied when your time comes to die. The only true way to be satisfied is to live a life of balance; only with a good contrast can you be at peace.
Literature is never original. In one way or another, one text alludes to a previous text which in turn alludes to a previous. Common reoccurring allusions are to the Bible, Greek mythology, Shakespeare, or other writers. Themes such as; faith, childhood, love, and loneliness, are repeated and expanded upon in a wide variety of ways in all genres of literature but none as unique as poetry. Poetry is often regarded as one of the more difficult forms of literature, it employs an array of techniques which allows each poem to express a theme or idea, although reoccurring or cliché, in its own particular light that brings a new perspective to the subject matter. The subject of death is as old as time itself. Throughout the years people have expressed many different emotions through poetry regarding death. In Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night”, John Donne’ “Death be not proud”, and Emily Dickenson’s “Because I could not stop for Death,” it can be observed the different and similar techniques used to portray like or contrasting ideas of death. Techniques such as; literary devices, form, and diction, are used to evoke like and different ideas surrounding the topic of death.