11, Werry shows that “Death is a very present sojourner in Thomas’ poetry” and that Thomas intends to “conquer” death by not giving in (Werry). Thomas does not want to die, and he shows this throughout “Do not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.” These two themes show how different people accept death. While both of these poems discuss how an author deals with death, they both show death ... ... middle of paper ... ...d line rhyme. One example of this is in the first stanza. “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (1-3).
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.
Both these poets have lead lives that varied from each other in ways that are most revealed through their use of form, metaphors, repetition, punctuation and rhyme schemes. Moreover, both poets express and explore deep rooted human emotions such as, nostalgia, pain, love and a feeling of insatiability. Although “Tichborne’s Elegy” and “When I have fears that I may cease to be” share a common theme because each speaker contemplates the inevitability of his death, their perceptions differ mainly as a result of their circumstances. John Keats explores his fear of death in “When I have fears that I may cease to be” in the form of a Shakespearean Sonnet. The poem contains three quatrains that interlock his primary fears together, leading to a couplet that expresses his remedy and final thoughts.
Due to this, the poem is extremely reflective on the things Keats considers important to him, namely life, death and his imagination. By using the nightingale to embody these aspects, Keats is effective, in my opinion, in attempting to deal with the matter at hand, and involving me in his struggle between life and death. One of the things which the nightingale represents to Keats is death. This is not surprising as he is near death and so it is influencing the way he thinks. At times Keats welcomes death and at other times is undecided, but always the nightingale is used as a representation for it.
Comparing death to dying of the “light”, a word usually linked to cheerfulness, makes it seem unwelcoming and unexciting. In contrast, bright imagery such as “burn and rave,” and “lightening” is used to symbolise living and rebelling against death, giving the poem a zestful mood. Furthermore, the poet illustrates his message using examples of different types of men who want to resist death, so as to persuade his fa... ... middle of paper ... ... with carefully crafted tone and atmosphere. Dickinson’s poem evokes a keen sense of mystique and bizarreness because of its unusual perspective on death and its beautiful yet contextually strange imagery. Thomas’ poem has a vehement quality with fervent, raw emotions and powerful imagery that make it very moving.
In conclusion, Plath is successful in the poetry because she managed to express certain things such as death in the variety of ways. She views death as being something horrible, a condition at which people are de-humanized and lack all th emotions and feelings. At the same time Plath connects death to life and makes an assumption that it is impossible to understand life without knowing that death exists. Dickinson, on the contrary, depicts death as something humans are both afraid of and at the same time are waiting for all their lives. Death in the poetry of Dickinson is not so horrible as in the writing of Plath.
Contexualist Perception in Death Be Not Proud One of the most fascinating views of life is the contextualistic perception. Contextualists seek to understand the essential human passions of the world. As a contexualist interpreting a poem, it is portentous to observe the passion of the poem. A contextualist draws the sensations out of the poet's mind. It focuses on the emotional thoughts and vivid ideas created in the picture painted by the poet.
Imagery is when an author uses strong and descriptive word to create an image for the reader. He uses this device to create the common theme of death and how your life is evolved in many of his poems especially in the poems “and death shall have no dominion” and “do not go gently into that good night”. In one of his poems “do not go gently into that good night” he is writing this poem about the death of his father and he uses night as an image for death and he uses light to as the ima... ... middle of paper ... ...he theme of death and evolution of your life. In conclusion was Dylan Thomas a roistering, drunken and doomed poet or a revolutionary poet for his time? After analyzing “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “and death shall have no dominion” and finding the common theme of death and the evolution of your life as well as his affective use of many rhetoric and poetic devices he seems to be quite the revolutionary poet for his era.
Sleep and death are allied and one is the image of the oth... ... middle of paper ... ...death in itself dies. John Donne will not accept death as the finale, his religious conviction supports in the belief of eternal life proceeding death. Throughout the poem Donne’s main purpose was the personification of death, his use of figurative language gave death humanistic characteristics and made death vulnerable and unintimidating. The structure of three quatrains and a couplet for the poem allowed for easier understanding of the context because the layout and rhyme scheme helped the poem flow and also revealed the tones. The imagery of death described by Donne breaks down death’s pride and bravado, as well as shine an encouraging light past the process of dying, on to the hope of delivery to eternal life.
Through a plethora of literary techniques, Keats effectively describes his fear of premature death in one of his more famous poems. In his poem “When I have fears that I may cease to be” Keats reveals that art cannot provide the immortality it promises (White 146). One of Keats major philosophies is called negative capability; it was a stance that allowed Keats to dwell on the uncertainties of life without trying to make sense of it. Keats believed that the inspirational power of beauty was more important than the quest for facts. Evidence of this theory can be seen throughout many of his works, including this one.