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Death Be Not Proud Poem Analysis

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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
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Thomas was seriously ill. Thomas sent the poem to a friend, Princess Caetani, in the 1951, telling her that the “Only person I can’t show the little enclosed poem to is, of course, my father who doesn’t know he’s dying.” (www.bookrags.com). This poem was written as a plea to his dying father David John Thomas, an English grammar teacher. The poem is about life to its last breath, a refusal to die quietly and passively. Thomas tells his father to “Rage against the dying of the light” (Line 3,9,11,15). This is telling his father to fight death and not give up. Thomas’s perspective of death is of sadness, acceptance and even some resistance. The poet tells his father to fight death as well as understanding everyone must die.” Though wise men at their end know dark is right, because their words had forked no lightning.” Thomas is telling you that even wise men’s fate are no more inevitable than the common man. Everyone must go gentle into that good night. Dylan has a sense of urgency in the poem. He sits next to his dying father who he loves wanting him to live, he resists the fact that his father is dying but knows he is powerless to stop it. Thomas gives you a perspective of death through fear of loss and the power of…show more content…
Dickenson’s “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” is the most compelling in the way Dickenson approaches death. There is a sense of peace and tranquility in her poem. She does not fear death she embraces what is new and upcoming in her death. Donnie’s “Death Be Not Proud” is very similar to Dickenson. Donnie is neither scared of death and embraces the idea of death. By Dickenson reminiscing gives a more calm and peaceful idea of death. Thomas shows death a struggle and fight. While Donnie does eventually accept death it is not a peaceful acceptance of death. The three poems overlap in similarities but each one has a different tone in the way they speak of death and dying. While Dickenson and Donnie have and optimistic perspective, Thomas has a pessimistic approach to
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