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A Comparison Of Poem's: Emily Dickinson's And Dylan Thomas' Distinctly Different Views Of Death

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Emily Dickinson's "I Could Not Stop For Death" and "Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas are two literary pieces on the topic of death. While there are some comparisons between the two poets, when it comes to death as the theme, their writing styles are quite different. These distinct differences are evident in both the form, and the choice of words in these poems.The poem "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" is one of Emily Dickinson's most intriguing pieces due to the relaxed and compelling portrayal of death. Death in this poem is identified as a woman's last trip, that is headed toward eternity. This poem allows the reader to bring death down to a more delicate level. ...view middle of the document...

Dickinson uses imagery to paint a pleasant picture for the reader. In a poem that is about death the reader is visualizingGreen 2children playing at recess from school. This is pleasant an enjoyable, something that death isn't. At the end of the poem Dickinson compares the woman's grave to a house again showing her relaxed and unusual view of death.Unlike Dickinson's casual view of death, Dylan Thomas has a very formal view. Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night", is a poem that Dylan wrote to his father about giving up on life versus fighting for survival. Immediately the reader can interpret a strong, dramatic difference to the tone of this poem. "Rage, Rage"(3), cries Thomas' narrator in "Do not go...". This poem does not indicate a submissive feeling nor does it speak softly. Dylan's narrator pleads that no man should give up on his life without a fight, it's time to "rage against the dying of the light"(9). Rage is often a word spoke with power and deep passion. Dylan compares his father to men of all walks of life, saying that "wise men", "good men", and even "wild men" don't give up without a fight so why should he. It is as if Dylan is pleading with his father when this line is read throughout the poem, " do not go gentle into that good night"(12).Even though the theme of death is consistent in both of these poems, the way it is perceived by each poet is quite different. Dickinson accepts death as it is and is very content with the thought of dying. On the other hand, Dylan is angry at death and believes that it is a fight until the end. These are two creative literary views depicting an inescapable fact of life.

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