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The Final Adventure The child crept closer to the strange bed So many bizarre machines and tubes Her mother was crying but her mothers mother was dying The child doesnt know what to think it this good or bad Her mother said it was good that Grandma had been sick and this will make her suffering end But if this is so good why is everyone crying This is the scene in many childrens lives that cause them to begin pondering the importance of death Some children never stop wondering about it and as adults write poetry to help explain the complicated emotions associated with death Two such poems are Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas The two poems use very different tones to form similar arguments while varying slightly in their use of family roles and views of aging and death The different tones used in these two poems each compliment its own respective argument In Ulysses the tone is one of acceptance and perseverance while in Thomass work the tone is rebellious and commanding Acceptance and perseverance are perfect moods for Tennysons argument which is that while aging and death are a part of life you shouldnt let your age be an excuse to stop being active It is also fitting because the speaker in this poem is an older man weak and frail Similarly Thomass argument is that there is no excuse for giving in to death instead of fighting it His tone which commands rebellion helps to emphasize the Hall 2 importance of this argument and comes from the youthful energies of a son who is emotional over the expected loss of his father Both of these poems try to convince us to look at old age as not merely being close to the end but as a stay of execution They want us to celebrate life
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