Death in Do not go gentle into that good night and Death Be Not Proud The poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "Death Be Not Proud" both deal with the subject of death. These poems seem to have contradictory messages about death, yet at the same time have similar attitudes toward it. "Death Be Not Proud" talks about how death really has no power over people, while "Do not go gentle into that good night" says that it is part of human nature to fight against death. Both "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "Death Be Not Proud" see death as an opponent; however, one sees it as an adversary that is already defeated while the other sees it as an enemy that must be defeated. In "Death Be Not Proud" Donne says "those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow / Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me"(lines 3-4).
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.
Hamlet fears “the dread of something after death/The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn/ No traveller returns” (3.1.78-80), and this fear is what prevents him from committing suicide. Hamlet longs for death to relieve the agony of his weary life. The soldier in contrast, to Hamlet, wishes to die “Pillowed in silk and scented down […] in blissful sleep” (Seeger17-18); the soldier wishes to die in peace. Which alludes to the fact that the soldier has made peace with his fate whereas Hamlet has not. Hamlet’s theatre production is a distraction from this reality.
Later, the poet says “Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men” (9). Death is merely being controlled by things like fate which is the only way he can act. He has no way to move on his own without these other forces. Like with war, death is the result not the cause: death cannot physically make people fight. This comparison devalues death in its importance and therefore its necessity.
Dylan Thomas ' poem Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night is about a son’s bereavement and the acceptance of his father dying. Thomas knows death is inevitable, therefore, he uses persuasion to get his father to resist his imminent death. Thomas uses examples of different characters, and how they fight the oncoming of death to aid in that plea. Anger and frustration sets the tone of this poem, he wants his father to live and not give up on life. While wise men, good men, wild men, and grave men have differences they each learn too late, and lament their lack of foresight, even they “do not go gentle into that good night,” instead they “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” .
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight by Dylan Thomas Touching humans the most is the acceptance of unstoppable death. We all know that death will be our fate some day, but how we accept or how we deal with it is left to each individual. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," written by Dylan Thomas, emphasizes raging against death towards his dying father as he repeats this exhortation in the last line in every stanza. Imagery, sound, metrics, and tone, are used by Thomas to create the theme of his poem and what it means. Here is how the imagery of the poem develops the meaning of the poem.
He begs his father to fight death. This whole poem is Thomas's struggle to cope with his father's death. He writes the poem while his father is still alive and never shows it to him. This poem may have helped him to deal with his father's death, and it may have taught Thomas a little about death itself.
He will die and so now he must enjoy his last moments as much as possible before the war takes his life away. Hays relates that, “Hemingway’s emphasis is not on death, but the necessity of living life to the fullest before death takes us” (19). While this statement is true for a character like Robert Jordan, Pablo does not value the last moments of life as Robert Jordan does. Pablo is afraid of what follows him into death; he will leave behind Pilar and his horses but that is of little importance. Pablo has killed; he has seen the disgusting aspects of death and, as such, he does not wish to experience such.
"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night?insists on resisting death whereas "Because I Could Not Stop For Death? insists on accepting death calmly. From these two poems, one can conclude that no matter what ones?point of views on death are, death is still inevitable and will happen to everybody; but one gets to choose to either accept it peacefully like the poem by Dickinson suggests or fight against it as Thomas?poem suggests.
The two poems, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, by Dylan Thomas and, “Because I Could Not Wait for Death”, by Emily Dickinson, we find two distinct treatments on the same theme, death. Although they both represent death, they also represent it as something other than death. Death brings about a variety of different feelings, because no two people feel the same way or believe the same thing. The fact that our faith is unknown makes the notion of death a common topic, as writers can make sense of their own feelings and emotions and in the process hope to make readers make sense of theirs too. Both Dickinson and Thomas are two well known and revered poets for their eloquent capture of these emotions.