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In this essay, I am going to compare the poems 'Remember' by poet Christina Rossetti and poet Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'.

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Comparing 'Remember' to 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' In this essay, I am going to compare the poems 'Remember' by poet Christina Rossetti and poet Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'. The poem 'Remember' reflects poet Rossetti's life towards the end, when she was slowly dying of cancer. She knew she was inevitably going to die, just as the narrator does in 'Remember'. Poet Dylan Thomas wrote the poem 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' when his father was gravely ill in 1952. He chose to write about what he thought his father should do about facing death. Already, we can see that these two poems share a similar theme - death. Other similarities, such as types of imagery, tone, mood and relationships will be explained in the next few paragraphs. However, while they share the same theme, the poems present death in a diametrically opposite way. Rossetti wants her audience to accept the death of a person (sub-theme: accepting death). ...read more.

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What Thomas is trying to say is that dying people should burn with rage and defiance towards death, persuading his audience to fight death instead of calmly accepting it, unlike what Rossetti has suggested. This shows how different the two poems' purposes are. Repetition is another technique used by both the poets use to show different perspectives of death. Repetition is used throughout the two poems, in the form of their titles. 'Remember' repeats its title five times, exemplifying this poem's sub-theme, which is living with memories of the person who is no more. The repetition emphasises how important it is to the poet that her lover remembers her after she dies, but at the same time, lets her die peacefully. In comparison, 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' repeats it's title four times, exemplifying this poem's sub-theme, which is fighting death ('Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' telling us simply not to die without a fight). ...read more.

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This phrase has a personal pronoun, showing us the narrator knows the person he is talking to, the next two words proving this. The next phrase, "Do not go gentle into that good night..." says that the narrator's father should not give up to death. Both again show affection and care for the other character and want what they think is best for them. So to conclude, Rossetti's poem and Thomas' poem have a great many similarities but different purposes (Remember - accepting a person's death, DNGGITGN - fighting death). They both use similar techniques such as euphemism, personification and personified metaphors for imagery and repetition for emphasis. Rossetti believes it is better to move on with life after someone is gone, while Thomas believes to fight for survival. I think this is why Rossetti uses gentle words to make death acceptable to the narrator's lover while Thomas uses harsh words to make it easier for the narrator's father to hate death and fight it. Both poems leave the reader with a reflection about the approach to death and life after. ...read more.

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