Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Analysis

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Death is more intimidating than one originally anticipates. A harsh and impending embrace which everyone will fight against; alas not all prevail and none escape. In the poems “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas and “To an Athlete Dying Young” by AE Husman; both authors write about death using many literary devices and techniques. The authors of these works express their views of death; that it may strike anyone in their prime but can be temporarily fought. In “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, Dylan Thomas pleas to his father not to give up life willingly; as shown in (Thomas, l.17-18) “Cures, bless, me now with your fierce tears I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. In “To an Athlete Dying Young” Husman tells of a young athlete whom has met his/her demise in their prime; as shown in (Husman l.6-8) “Shoulder high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsmen of a stiller town.” Dylan Thomas in his poems…show more content…
Dylan proves this by using the metaphor for death; (Thomas l.1) “Do not go gentle into that good night.” He further supports this with another metaphor for death; (Thomas l.3) “Rage, Rage against the dying of the light. And the final piece of evidence is his mentioning of his father, whom is near death yet still alive. (Thomas l.17) “Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears I pray.” In Husman’s poem he uses descriptive language to illustrate the deceased. (Husman l.6) “Shoulder high we bring you home.” Implying he is in a coffin. Husman’s next metaphor describes how the athlete has died quickly in life; (Husman l.12) “It withers quicker that a rose.” His final metaphor describing the athlete compare him to an echo that has yet to fade; (Husman l.21) “So set, before its echoes fade.” As said above, both authors contrast because one’s poem is about the deceased when the other is about not becoming
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