The Portrayal of Themes of Death in Dylan Thomas’ and Wilfred Owen’s poems, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” and “Disabled”

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Both Dylan Thomas’ and Wilfred Owen’s poems, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” and “Disabled” vividly convey the theme of death. In this essay, I will show how both poets use language, similes, and repetition to portray the theme of death and by contrast, show how valuable life is. ‘’Do not go gentle in to that good night’’ was written by Dylan Thomas when his father’s health was failing, and it is about how he pleads his father to fight for life and not slip away into death. This theme of death suits the poem through its content. ‘’Disabled’’ by Wilfred Owen is about the thoughts and recollections of a teenager soldier in the ‘’great war’’ who has lost his limbs in the war and is helpless and confined to a wheelchair and how close he is to death. The idea of a teenager losing his limbs and the high chance he is about to die contribute to the theme of death in the poem. Thomas compares blind eyes to meteors by the use of the simile ‘’ blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay’’. He has used the word ‘’blaze’’ to show the fact that blind men burn with a zest for life and do not give up on life. This simile has used blind men as an example of how even though they are helpless, they still do not give up and try to live life and not die. Similes have been used in ‘’Disabled’’ to create the theme of death. For example, ‘’ voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn’’. ‘’saddening like a hymn’’ is an aural simile where sadness has been compared to something so happy

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