Death is feared by most and hard to except. Do you fear death? While the theme of John Donnie’s “Death Be Not Proud”, Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not GO Gentle into That Good Night”, Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” is death, one can gain many perspectives of death through the minds of these renown poets. Is death to be feared or embraced? Donnie’s “Death Be Not Proud” uses his sonnet to tell ways in which one can defeat the fear of death and anticipate the happiness of an eternal life. Dickenson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” shows death from the perspective of one moving to quick through life and could not take the time to think about death. Death does what Dickenson could not do and takes the time to stop for her. Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is through the eyes of Thomas watching his father die. He tells his father to not go gentle into that good night. This can be interpreted as his way of telling his father to fight for his life. Each of these poets have given different perspectives of death and dying. Everyone has thoughts of their deaths and what it will be like to die. What perspective have you thought of in your death?
While sonnets are usually written about love and relationships, Donnie twist the idea of a sonnet to speak of his coming death. He shifts from a description of deaths power to a more positive view of death from a Christian perspective as the beginning of eternal life. In the first four words of the poem John Donnie issues a challenge to death that it should not boast of its conquest of people nor take pride in their fear of it. Donnie describes death as a force that is supposed to be “mighty and dreadful” (Line 2) because i...
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Dickenson, Emily. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.” Arguing About Literature: A Guide and Reader. Ed. John Schilb and John Clifford. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014.Print.
Donnie, Thomas. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.” Arguing About Literature: A Guide and Reader. Ed. John Schilb and John Clifford. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014.Print.
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