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I am going to compare and contrast "Do Not Go Gentle" by Dylan Thomas and "Sonnet" by Christina Rossetti.

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Poetry Coursework I am going to compare and contrast "Do Not Go Gentle" by Dylan Thomas and "Sonnet" by Christina Rossetti. Both of the poems' themes are death and the afterlife. "Do Not Go Gentle" is written by a person who doesn't want someone they care about to die while "Sonnet" is written from the perspective of someone who has already died and is talking to someone who they cared for when they were alive. Neither of the poems are really set in a specific location, but they are both set when a person is on their deathbed. In "Do Not Go Gentle" the narrator is telling the poem as if he was a loved one of the person dying and Dylan Thomas tries to convey the message about not dying easily and fighting the whole way. This shows that Thomas's didn't except dying the easy way. This creates a very angry atmosphere, which you do not always associate with a loved one dying. ...read more.


There is a lot of anger in the poem but this doesn't come alive till the poem is read out loud and this is because they poem was written to be performed rather than read. It is a very emotive poem, which makes the reader feel a lot of anger as they experience the poet's resentment. "Sonnet" is a more relaxed poem where the writer has actually taken the part of a person dying and is telling people not to worry about their death but instead to remember what kind of person they were during their life. The writer tells us it is to late to do any thing about his or her death so we may as well accept it because death is part of everyone's life any way and is therefore inevitable. After reading the poem I felt that it was written to be read rather than performed and holds much more meaning this way. It also makes you feel deeply but is much softer than Thomas' poem and creates a very different mood. ...read more.


She uses repetition, mainly of the word 'Remember' which does help you to understand what she is trying to tell the reader. I think Dylan Thomas set out to convey a message about not giving up on anything but especially not on and he certainly gets this point over meaning his poem is very successful. Christina Rossetti tries to get a very different message across and she's trying to help people accept the death of people they loved. Her poem is also effective as it calms and tries to soothe the reader into accepting dying is a part of life and yes we may be sad but we have to learn to live with it, to accept it and to cope with it as life goes on. Dylan Thomas' poem made more of an impact on me because it is so much more powerful and I can feel the atmosphere he creates. Also I agree with how he feels and what his poem says which always helps when trying to create an impact. I like the narrator's perspective in Thomas' poem, which is effective in enabling me to empathise with him. ...read more.

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