Dying For Meet Death By Emily Dickinson

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Dying to Meet Death Emily Dickinson’s reputation made her appear to most people as a reclusive woman captivated by death (“Emily Dickinson” 1001). This is reinforced in many of her poems, specifically “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.” In Contrast, Dylan Thomas, the poet who created “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” was well known for his over-the-top personality and iniquitous lifestyle (“Dylan Thomas”). Emily Dickinson creates the persona of an older woman, who has been called upon by Death, while Dylan Thomas has created the persona of an outraged young man whose father is dying. Although these personas differ greatly, both authors’ poems concentrate on the theme of death. Dickinson’s tone, symbols, and imagery are much more gentle and accepting than Thomas’ more aggressive diction (Withrow). Without a doubt, Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas present the tones of their poems in two very diverse ways. In fact, the tone that is presented by Dickinson in “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” is very peaceful as is shown in the first line of the poem, “Because I could not stop for Death - / He kindly stopped for me -” (Dickinson 1005). If the speaker were disheartened by Death’s visit, she would not be as civil in her account of the event. Dickinson’s diction in this instance is notable in that she chose for her persona to “civilly” stop for Death, as opposed to fighting against it (Dickinson 1005). Alternately, in Thomas’ poem, the tone is very aggressive and…
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