Essay 2 Draft: Death and Dying 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.
He also asks him not be indifferent or accept death mildly. Life is limited; therefore we need to fight to do the most and the best things without any doubting. Even when we face with death, we also need the passion to live, no matter what the result is. So the poet naturally prays his father to fight with death again in the last stanza, “Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, Rage, against the dying of the light” (line 18-19). The cycle of life and death formed a constant underlying theme in this poem.
The End of a Chapter Dylan Thomas believes that life should be lived to its fullest extent right until ones very last breath, and you should not be given up gently. One should try to exit this world still strong and passionate. This poem is Dylan Thomas’s appeal to his father to fight death and hang on to life for as long as possible. In ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas the author beseeches his father to prolong his life and fight his death. He uses four scenarios in which to encourage his father to please attempt to not give in to death without a fight.
Although Aeneas is also told the future by his father and "of glory in the years to come, wars that he must fight, [and] how he might avoid or bear each toil to come," (6.1207-1210) the type of information contrasts with the information given to Odysseus because Aeneas receives information relating to the rise of Rome and how he will achieve his goal, whereas Odysseus is given information that will purely suit himself. Aeneas also learns of the journeys and purging that a person's soul takes after death before being reincarnated. Anchises explains that when a body dies, "not all the scourges of the body pass from the poor souls," (6.990) so therefore they all "undergo the discipline of punishments and pay in penance for old sins: [they] suffer each his own shade" (6.994-999). This emphasizes the justice system of Virgil's Underworld because each soul receives the punishment it deserves. Furthermore, the information each hero receives from the spirits of the Underworld helps show the difference in beliefs between the Greeks and Romans.
Explication: Dylan Thomas’s untitled poem known as “Do not go gentle into that goodnight” (1)is a deep poem that goes against the familiar theme of accepting death, instead Dylan Thomas proposes that perhaps we fight against inevitable grip of death and live as long as we can. The first stanza begins with the speaker addressing an unknown audience, saying “Do not go gentle into that good night”(1). The speaker is indirectly speaking to the audience by using euphemisms like “good night” to refer to death, to say that they should not accept death. Line two “Old age should burn and rave at close of day” (2) the speaker is saying that the elderly should live life as vividly as they can in few years that they have left in their lives. In the second
The character in Frost’s poem accepts death, but is inclined to live for promises, giving little insight to what is truly important in life. On the contrary, Thomas’s characters have fallen through all the stages of life, and realize that they have spent a whole lifetime, focusing on what is not important. Now, facing death, they realize that they have left no mark and plead for more life. Therefore, characters analyzed in both Frost’s and Thomas’s poems, choose the alternative of life to death, however for conflicting reasons. They both realize that in order to have a peaceful death, you must live a meaningful life.
In Sonnet #73, William Shakespeare uses death to demonstrate that one day whether we like it or not we will grow old and eventually pass. Shakespeare speaks about life and how it all ends; he also speaks of the pressure we have to deal with the fact that no matter what happens we all come to an end. Shakespeare shows how the human body loves to the fullest because you never know what can happen tomorrow. He approaches these feelings by the use of images, in resemblance to death and the time passing. The lines “Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang.
This constant concern of dying shows itself in many of his sonnets, but becomes especially apparent in his twelfth sonnet, as a young William Shakespeare writes from his deceased self’s perspective, reflecting on life and giving advice to his younger self on how he might preserve his youth. While this advice will eventually come, it is not quickly given. Instead, Shakespeare uses the first two lines to introduce an older, in fact deceased, version of him. Immediately in line one Shakespeare uses the pronoun “I,” identifying that the sonnet and all the images it contains, are from Shakespeare’s perspective. The age of this “I” starts to become clear when taking all of one line into consideration, as Shakespeare writes, “When I do count the clock that tells the time.” Shakespeare chooses to begin this line, and thus the entire sonnet, with the word “When”, showing that the following images are not something that happens continuously or even often, but are things that happen at a particular time.
165) When Everyman takes on this journey he is taking account of his life what he has lived for up to this point. “O Death, thou comest when I had thee least in mind! In thy power it lieth me to save; Yet of my good will, I give thee if thou will be kind. Yea, a thousand pound shalt thou have— And defer this matter till another day.” (lines 119-23) Everyman then asks the question we all would ask since we would not go with death willingly. Everyman tries to bribe death into postponing his long journey.