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For my AP English class I was supposed to write an essay >450 words about how the authors of "Death, Be Not Proud," and "Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night," handle the theme of death, and what literary devices they use. I also need an idea of a conclusion. And any criticism would be fantastic. Death, although one of the most natural events of life, is also one of the universal fears that links the world together. The fear of Death itself is not only a fear of not existing, but also a fear of the unknown. The idea of Death has been discussed since the human race was able to conceive its complex notion. Death is simply an unavoidable constraint of life. The different ways authors choose to express the theme of death is apparent in the contrasting poems, "Death Be Not Proud" by John Donne, and "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" by Dylan Thomas. The English poet John Donne had a very rational view of Death. In his poem, "Death, Be Not Proud," he paints Death as an arrogant fool, a slave to the will of humanity will his undeniable logic. "Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men[.]" (line 9). Donne is saying that although everyone might see death as great and dreadful, he is at our beck and call. The first line of Donne's poem uses an apostrophe, addressing Death as if it were able to comprehend to add dramatic depth to his piece. To Donne, Death does not have as much power as he thinks he does, and shows it by mocking death in the line, "Die not, poor death..." (line 4). Death should not be feared; in fact, it can be controllable. Dylan Thomas also searched for the truth by means of poetry. His poem, "Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night," tries to convey his perception of death. In this villanelle, Thomas tells his father to fight death, to struggle to stay alive. "Do not go gentle into that good night./ Rage, rage against the dieing of the light." (line 19). With this, Thomas uses pathos, or otherwise emotion, to appeal to his readers. He metaphorically compares death to a good night, subtly giving his poem more power as his readers decipher his meaning. Thomas uses the villanelle structure to repeat the words he would have told his father time and time again, convincing him to cling to life. He tells his father that he can win the battle against death.Thank you so much for taking time to read this!:]

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One Answer to “Fine people of Yahoo! Answers, would you mind reading and critiquing my rough draft?”

  1. sashless says:

    The essay seems quite good. I’m not sure your cites are quite right. Check and see if they should be INSIDE your quotes.