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Emily Dickinsons I Could Not Stop For Death and Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas are two literary pieces on the topic of death While there are some comparisons between the two poets when it comes to death as the theme their writing styles are quite different These distinct differences are evident in both the form and the choice of words in these poems The poem Because I Could Not Stop For Death is one of Emily Dickinsons most intriguing pieces due to the relaxed and compelling portrayal of death Death in this poem is identified as a womans last trip that is headed toward eternity This poem allows the reader to bring death down to a more delicate level The narrator characterizes death with abnormally jovial words For example the poem reads Because I could not stop for Death he kindly stopped for me1-2 Dickinson gives the reader the feeling that death is civil and compassionate This is different from the more common views of death being vicious and cruel Death is symbolized as a part of lifes journey and allows the woman to reflect from childhood to the present Dickinson uses imagery to paint a pleasant picture for the reader In a poem that is about death the reader is visualizing Green 2 children playing at recess from school This is pleasant an enjoyable something that death isnt At the end of the poem Dickinson compares the womans grave to a house again showing her relaxed and unusual view of death Unlike Dickinsons casual view of death Dylan Thomas has a very formal view Thomas Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night is a poem that Dylan wrote to his father about giving up on life versus fighting for survival Immediately the reader can interpret a strong dramatic difference to the tone of this poem Rage Rage3 cries Thomas narrator in Do not go This poem
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