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Comparative Essay on Death

 

Death is an aspect of life that everyone becomes acquainted
with sooner or later. From my own experiences I am more
familiar with death than I could ever want to be. Poetry is
something that is very difficult for me to follow, but when
it deals with concept that I am familiar with, then I am
able to associate with the soul of the writer. Two poems
that deal with the concept of death that I actually enjoyed
reading and will compare to each other are "Death be not
proud" by Dylan Thomas and "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good
Night" by Dylan Thomas.
 
Firstly, in "Death be not proud," Donne tells Death that it
is not anything special. That Death is a low being that
deals with the pitiful aspects of life: war, disease, and
murder. Donne says that Death is nothing more than an
aspect of life, just an event of the moment, "one short
sleep past, we wake eternally." Donne goes on to explain
that we all will go through this door while on the way to
another existence.
 
In comparison, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by
Thomas is a battle cry against death. To fight against it
until the last breath of life is gone. That to give up life
is the coward's way. To his father, who is dying from a
protracted illness, Dylan says to show his love, that it is
all right to cry even though he has never seen his father
show the weakness of crying, just so long as he continues
to fight against the coming end.
 
In both poems, the writers are against Death; however Donne
writes of Death as a weak entity that has no real power,
because after we die, we will never have to face the worry
of Death. Thomas, however, writes as if he doesn't believe
in any kind of hereafter. An example of this is the
repeated cry "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
These are two very different beliefs for an ineludible fact
of life.
 
Death is something that I have faced and will eventually
succumb to; however, I believe as Donne does, that I can
choose to not be afraid of the occasion, that I will move
to something better, that death is not the dying of the
light. But also, as Thomas believes, I will not go gentle
in that good night! I will fight with every bit of strength
that I have against it. We will all succumb to Death
eventually, but I won't give in one minute earlier than I
have to.
 
 



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