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Perceptions of Death Trying to understand a poem when first reading it is very difficult One must read the poem several times to understand the authors point It is important to concentrate on grammatical structures and rhyme schemes This essay will compare the work of Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night to the work of Andrew Hudgins Elegy for My Father Who Is Not Dead Both works concentrate on their fathers as they become closer to death The authors of the respective poems have different views behind the word death Within the poem Do not go gentle into that good night Thomas speaks on how one should value life He feels as though life is something special and should not be taken for granted Moreover he believes that one should keep their head up and believe that there will be a brighter day tomorrow The refrains Rage rage against the dying of the light and Do not go gentle into that good night symbolize the thought On the other hand Hudgins views death as something that is very special a stepping stone in life He feels that death is a continuation of life instead of the end of life Lines 3-5 of Elegy for My Father Who Is Not Dead says In the sureness of his faith he talks about the world beyond this world as though his reservations have been made supports the theory In addition the tones of the poems are comparable Each poem reveals a lonely and sorrowful tone In Elegy for My Father Who Is Not Dead line 14 says Hes ready I am not I cant just say good-bye as cheerfully as if he were embarking on a trip reveals that the passing of his father is something that he is not ready to handle He knows that the passing of his fathers will bring sadness loneliness and a sense of emptiness to his
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