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Poems about Fathers Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and Elegy for My Father Who is Not DeadIn both Thomas Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and Hudgins Elegy for My Father Who is Not Dead the speakers are the children Both speakers are dealing with their fathers preparing for death and the speakers are not ready for that Although the poems are telling different stories both show love that the children have for their fathers In my essay I will discuss the attitudes of the speakers towards their fathers and the similarities and differences of the speakers towards deathDylan Thomas Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night tells of a father already on his deathbed and he is basically giving up The speaker however does not want hisher father to give up so easily The poems two refrains Do not go gentle into that good night 1 and Rage rage against the dying of the light 3 show the motivation the speaker is trying to put into hisher father Throughout this poem the speakers attitude towards hisher father is of anger I do not necessarily feel that the anger is 100 geared towards hisher father but also towards old age or whatever is killing him The line Old age should burn and rave at close of day really shows the speakers anger towards hisher fathers old age 2 The last stanza of the poem shows again the speakers anger but also the hope that hisher father will fight to stay aliveAnd you my father there on the sad heightCurse bless me now with your fierce tears I prayDo not go gentle into that good night
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