Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night And Annabel Lee Analysis

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Comparing “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” to “Annabel Lee”

“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is a poem written by Dylan Thomas. This is one of Thomas’ most famous poems and really displays some very raw emotions that Thomas had underlying while writing it. “Annabel Lee” is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. This poem by Poe is very intense, but also very beautiful. Both Thomas and Poe’s poems are written about the death of their loved ones. Thomas and Poe have done an amazing job in helping the readers feel the pain and grief that motivated them to write these beautiful pieces of literature, and the two poems share very similar themes. In “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, the speaker first addresses an unknown character and advises him not to “go gentle into that good night” (Thomas). The the third sentence, which is the last of the first stanza, he tells us to fight with rage against the dying of the light. By breaking down Thomas’ words and trying to find the underlying meaning in these first few sentences, he is trying to urge the unknown character to fight like crazy against the end of life. In the last stanza of this poem, we learn that Thomas has a personal stake in the poem and that his words are directed towards his dying father and the unknown character is brought
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Depending on how each individual reads “Annabel Lee”, there could be many different takes on the themes, however, love and death are the two most obvious two in this poem. In a sense, love and death are fused together in “Annabel Lee”. When reading and interpreting the poem, it seems that Poe asks if death can kill love or if love is still carrying on long after death. Poe seems to be obsessed over the death of his love and tries to seek out blame directed towards angels, which seems very
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