Sometimes, the words a poet use have a different meaning, unlike original meaning. A figure of speech helps expression of topic of a poem more effectually. Theme relates to a mood and is an important clue what the poet want to say. Both “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” and “Because I Not Stop for Death” have a theme of death. Compare and contrast the figure of speech and the theme of death in the poem Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” and Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could Not Stop for Death” in this research paper.
On the other hand, the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night?by Dylan Thomas is a form of villanelle with two important refrains; "Do Not Go Gentl... ... middle of paper ... ...e against the dying of the light?is visible. Both of the poets use a variety of differing and similar figurative elements to develop their themes and provoke thoughts and create vivid perceptual images in the reader's mind. It is unquestionable that these two poems have their similarities as well as differences in themes, style and writing techniques. Despite this fact, both poems delve into the concept of death, with a different point of view. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night?insists on resisting death whereas "Because I Could Not Stop For Death?
Sonnet and Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night how how the writer uses the form of poetry to protest against a situation or an attitude and reveal how successful you think he or she is. Sonnet & Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Sonnet by John Donne and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas are two poems about death that seem to convey very different messages. These poems are obviously written by two men with two very different perceptions of death. Both poems are protest poems and challenge ideas that would have been instilled in the writers from an early age.
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” a poem by T. S. Eliot, in which Eliot describes a man that was placed in the wrong time period. To do this he references some of Prufrock’s characteristics from other authors, such as Shakespeare. Shymal Bagchee expresses his view on Eliot’s modernist and absurdist viewpoints for the poem in his critical review titled “‘Prufrock’: An Absurdist View of the Poem.” Prufrock does not express his emotions like a regular person would, one that is connected to their feelings about the opposite sex. He does not fit into the characteristics of the fictional men of his time. Prufrock is considered to be a non- hero.
While these two poets give these startling instructions with different goals in mind, one idea comes across clearly: that the image of the martyr quietly and knowingly accepting death is no longer an image that will satisfy modern poetry as it looks for reason in its examination of impending mortality. In his 1952 poem "Do not Go Gentle into That Good Night", Dylan Thomas examines the idea that entering quietly into death is not the proper way to leave life; instead, as life draws to a close, he instructs his readers to "rage, rage against the dying of the light" (Thomas). At first glance, this could appear to be futile advice, for raging against an inevitable, unalterable experience such as death obviously does nothing to impede its course, and could therefore be seen as a pointless exercise. However, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that Thomas’s poem does not attempt to fight or ward off death; rather, it attempts to convince others to live fully and ... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh mercilessly taunted by the turncoat crowds, those dying in these poems are instructed to do so violently and wildly, to kick and scream, yet at the same time accept the fact that death is an unstoppable force. By depicting these violent, unorthodox, traditionally ignoble methods in a positive light and instructing others to partake in them, Dylan Thomas and Judith Wright are disassociating themselves with the ‘beneficial martyr’ outlook on life and death adopted by Christianity and instead aligning themselves with a far more rebellious and modernistic school of thought Works Cited and Consulted Stanford, Derek.
When he says that if Gonne had understood him he would have ?been content to live,? it is another way of saying that (since she can never understand him) he is not content to live. As a poet, he has undergone a kind of death, rendering him a lifeless observer of the present while becoming an active participant in the past which his poetry explores. Whether he sees this role as a dream or a nightmare, if Yeats ever awoke from history, he would cease to be a true poet and his verse would lose its true meaning. Works Cited Yeats, W.B.. Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose.
He feels strongly about his own heritage, and the ignorance, others portray by not acknowledging his history. The division between the new world, old world and its people collide in his poem. There is no resolution to the issue, u Poetry expresses a state of mind, point of view, or draws a picture for the audience. Poetry describes situations, a person, a place or a thing. Poetry can interpret, create emotion, have hidden, indifferent, or symbolic meanings.
Both poets prove that the darkness of which they speak of is greatly misconceived by many, they convey that the “dark” (Dickinson 1) or “night” (Frost 1) is often misunderstood and that something’s are “neither wrong nor right” (Frost 14). These poems of great darkness attempt to shed “newness of the night” (Dickinson 2) to their audience, or in Dickinson’s case never intending to publish her works, her own self. They attempt to enlighten their readers,, a loose term,, and gain a new understanding of the unknown darkness and night that society has black-labeled and ostracized. Even more, there are a few common reoccurring archetypes in literature that stay consistent in most literary works, universal patterns such as; the rise and the fall, the mentor and the student, the journey and the ending, and the most pertinent and commonly used; the good and the evil, with light always being embodied by good and darkness always being the symbol of evil. But really what is darkness and light?
This may be hard for some to grasp, as Frost is world renowned for his alleged nature theme. Contrary to popular opinion, nature is not Frost’s central theme in his poetry; it is the contrast between man and nature as well as the conflicts that arise between the two entities. Frost’s nature poetry interconnects the world of the natural and the world of human beings – Both key elements of his motivation in writing poetry. The harsh reality of nature and the thoughtless expectations in the minds of man scarcely cohere to one another. Frost usually starts with an observation in nature, contemplates it and then connects it to some psychological concern (quoted in Thompson).
Henry James accuses Whitman of refusing to deal with challenging moral questions in his poetry. Whitman speaks of the evils of war, suffering, and senseless death in graphic detail in "The Wound Dresser", but to James these evils are obvious targets for lesser poets. "A great deal of verse that is nothing but words has, during the war, been sympathetically sighed over and cut out of newspaper corners because it possessed a certain simple melody." (James, p.16) James denies Whitman's poetry even a simple melody. Whitman is more an emotional opportunist than a poet.