“Do not go Gentle into that Good Night” tells of a son near his father’s death bed. The poem shows the raw power of emotion presented by Thomas. The poem is written to address his father dying, and encouraging him to cling to life. The third line of the poem, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ”(“Good Night” 3)
Death is something all of us are forced to face at some point. It has been incorporated in some manner or another into all cultures around the world. Death’s universal inevitability makes it an extremely popular subject in the realm of poetry. As common as the theme of death is in poetry, the poems “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” do not convey the topic in a manner consistent with other poems of that type. However, before a thorough comparison of the two poems can begin, the poems must be summarized and reviewed individually.
The poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson greatly reflected his personal life experiences and cultural topics of his time. Most of Tennyson’s works were about contemporary controversies like advances in science, the evolution theory, and traditional religion (Mazzeno 5). The effects of Tennyson’s poetry and dramatic writing skills are, in part, building blocks for many modern day social beliefs. ` Alfred Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England to Reverend George Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche Tennyson (Mazzeno 3). As a child, Alfred exhibited exceptional intelligence that eventually was brought to his father’s attention (Mazzeno 3).
“The Raven” is a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, in fact is most known poem from him. Edgar Allan Poe was a “major figure in American poetry”. The poem talks about a very mysterious raven that goes in the main character’s (a young man) house on the chamber door, this young man is going through the death of his loved wife “Lenore”. And while this young man is talking to the raven he feels himself becoming each time more and more miserable since the raven is only saying “nevermore”. The poem starts off by the young man sitting in a chair reading, and he describes himself as “weak and weary”.
Although the 1920s were clearly a dire decade for many families, Enright frequently writes of those experiences with affection and a lack of prejudice. Although the poems are clearly Enright’s most confessional work, chronic misery, because it is ordinary and unexceptional, this not bring him closer to religion as he says: “I cannot recall one elevated moment in church” (Enright, Collected Poems 134). He asserts in “Sunday” yet he was sent to the church because his mother who was non catholic thought that the experience may be useful later on. His further disturbing experience of religion is found in Christmas poems.
In the video featuring “Night Line’s” Ted Koppel who informs the audience in the episode “Battle Between faith and Science” what is going on in a small town because of a statement about Evolution. This controversy is over the theory of Evolution being the only theory taught in the Dover school. Some of the parents believe that Evolution is wrong and should not be a part of the curriculum taught in schools while others think it should be the only theory taught. Thirty-five percent of the population thinks there is no proof of Evolution while thirty-five percent thinks there is proof. The school board decided to place a sticker on the current science book that says Evolution is only a theory.
The meaning of this text is death; it comes and it goes. Death is inevitable, and you can not prevent it. This text explains passing memories before going into darkness. “We passed the school, we passed the fields, and we passed the setting sun,” these words represent the tension, instability, and motion. The last part of the poem explains relaxation, stability, and rest; “the dews drew quivering and chill” these words express the calmness of death.
Many kids were torn from families in the time of the holocaust, in the novel Good Night Maman two siblings are separated from their mother and left to fend for them self. Karin, their Maman and her brother Marc are jews living in France during the holocaust. They had to go into hiding just like Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. Family stays together even through the hardships. The novel Good Night Maman by Norman Fox Mazer depict the courage of two siblings fighting for freedom, Survival, and their maman.
As life persists, humans continue to make the same mistakes that we have been making for many years. The poem “Evening Hawk” by Robert Penn Warren is about the continuous errors of humanity, which is forgotten in the past, as death keeps approaching and society progresses. The poet uses imagery, diction, symbolism, and other figurative language devices throughout the poem to convey the dark mood and deeper meaning of history and death in the poem. The poem begins with a beautiful scene of the vast mountains and a hawk flying through it.
In the dramatic monologue ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning, the way in which the poet presents the Duke’s attitude to the death of his Duchess is distinct from the beginning of the piece. Browning presents the Duke as unnaturally complacent and unfazed when he talks about his wife’s abrupt demise, however towards the end of the poem the Duke appears to let down his façade, becoming smug and almost proud of his actions as it becomes apparent that he in fact killed her. The monologue is about a Duke reminiscing about his lost wife, a loving memory morphs into malicious judgment and a chilling confession. His composed perspective towards death is apparent in the first two lines, ‘That’s my last Duchess… if she were alive’, in this quote Browning uses iambic pentameter, this literary device shows the Duke’s abnormal steadiness in the situation, by