Death In Poetry: Excusing The Inevitability Of Death
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Excusing the Inevitability of Death
The reality of death is complex to understand and even harder to respond to. The news of the death of someone close is hard to accept. The methods of coping with death differ from person to person and depends on how the person who passed away is related to the receiving person. Poets over the time have explored the coping mechanism to the idea of death by their poetry. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 6, Dylan Thomas’ Do not go gentle into that good night, and Stevie Smith’s Not Waving but Drowning are examples of poetry that revolve around the theme of death and mortality. These poems show that the bystander holds the dying person responsible to fight against death in order to avoid it.
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 6 and Thomas’ Do not Go Gentle Into That Good Night advises the dying subjects to fight and overcome death. The narrator’s holds the youth responsible to the world in the Sonnet 6 for immortalizing his beauty. Similarly, the speaker in Thomas’ poem encourages his father to fight death by asking him to not accept death easily and wish for more from life. He holds his father responsible to him for proving his importance and fulfilling narrator’s expectations. Both the narrators are troubled by the anxiety of nearing death of his loved ones but instead of expressing the grief, they demand from them to not lose the battle. On the other hand, Stevie Smith’s poem Not Waving but Drowning is a first person and third person narration simultaneously used by