Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night And Millay's

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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…show more content…
Each of these poems takes a slightly different approach when discussing death while also having showing many similarities in its use of imagery. Both Millay and Thomas use natural imagery devices to showcase how death is a natural part of the cycle of life, while also dealing with the dissonance it causes. Thomas repeatedly uses light and dark imagery as a way to represent the contrast between life and death. Here we can find many instances that show how death is inevitable for all, no matter how bravely or intelligent one lived. While struggling to accept this notion, Thomas urges his father to fight against death by repeating that he should, “rage against the dying of the light.” He uses the visual image of the dying light to convince his father that life is much brighter than death. He is arguing that we should fight through the pains and hardships we my face to live in the light and that each life is precious and we should not let ourselves be overcome by the darkness. Millay also uses natural imagery to point out the divide between life and death. She references the darkness of the grave while juxtaposing this with symbols of life, including roses and lilies. This is used to illustrate the experience of natural life, where we grow like
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