Edgar Allen Poe Compared To Dylan Thomas

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Two of the greatest poets of all time have been Edgar Allen Poe and Dylan Thomas; however, two poets can have opposite writing styles. Most of Poe's poems are all focused on the depression of death. Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," was written during the period of his father's battle with death. Thomas and Poe's views toward death are completely different.Thomas states, "Do not go gentle into that good night." In this line night symbolizes death. Thomas is trying to say that he wants his father to fight against his death. In ...view middle of the document...

Poe's line in "The Raven" quotes, " 'Prophet!' said I "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil!" is similar to Thomas's stanza because both poets use symbols, such as "dark" and "the raven" to represent death.In the last stanza of Thomas's poem, he says "And you, my father, there on sad height, Curse me, bless me, now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light!" He is implying that he wants his father to fight back, and not succumb to death. In Poe's "The Raven," his last line states, "And my soul from out that shadow that is floating on the floor, Shall be lifted - nevermore." This statement shows that Poe is extremely disheartened and discouraged towards living because of his wife's death. Yet again, Thomas and Poe show no similarities in their writing.Poe and Thomas's poems both are built on the subject of death; yet their writing styles are so different because of the way both men perceive death. While Thomas sees it as a battle, Poe sees nothing good in death. Why are these men like this? Most likely their hearts and personalities are translated into the words of their poems.

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