Welsh Poetry Comparison and Analysis

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Welsh Poetry Comparison and Analysis

This essay will consider two poems, both written by Welsh authors. The first poem to be discussed will be Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle into
That Good Night. Following this, the emphasis will progress to Owen
Sheers' poem, When You Died, where ongoing comparisons between the two poems will be made. The content of this essay will discuss the themes and ideas present in both poems, and the devices and techniques used to illustrate them. One of the distinct similarities between the two is that both are themed heavily on the topic of death. Bearing this in mind, the atmosphere, mood and tone of each poem will be discussed with both comparisons and differences made. In addition, the different
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"Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze and like meteors be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Here Thomas justifies the reasons for "grave" men's aversion to death; obviously "grave men", being entirely contrary to "wild men". Using this antithesis, Thomas provides a balanced argument, justifying his father's opposition to death, by giving the motives of two contrasting types of people. Due to the solemn and abstemious bearing of "grave men", their life has been devoid of enjoyment, a fact Thomas argues, they attempt to redeem, by fulfilling previously dormant aspirations prior to their death. The phrase "blinding sight" is oxymoronic, blindness being incompatible with sight. The use of this oxymoron emphasises the "grave men's" revelation.

"And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Here the poem becomes more personal. Thomas addresses his father and allegorises his situation to being on a "sad height". This allegory of life being like an arduous climb up a mountain, which ultimately culminates in death, is especially apt when applied to old age. Thomas imagines that at old age, his father has reached the summit of the mountain that is life and his

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