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Both Audens Musee des Beaux Arts and Dylans Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night can be seen as having a theme of tragedy Both concern the topic of death although each has a different message Auden is one side of the spectrum saying that death and suffering are natural parts of the life cycle while Thomas wants to fight death because there is still much to be done But throughout both of these poems tragedy is a prevailing theme Auden describes how the world continues spinning in spite of the suffering and tragedy going on He believes that tragedy and suffering are all what you make of it Tragedy occurs when other people are just living their lives such as eating or opening a window or just walking dully along For example in the story of Icarus someone must have heard him plummet to the ground and die But it was not a big deal for the ploughman It was not an important failure the sun shone as it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green water It was the natural cycle of life And again this example is seen in the last line of the poem and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen something amazing a boy falling out of the sky had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on The ship had to continue on with life and had somewhere to go It didnt have time to be concerned with the tragedy of something else Life goes one despite tragedy Every single day there is tragedy and suffering in this world but other people go on with their own lives because they have too From the title I got the idea that Auden thought that through death and tragedy art was created There was detail to death Thomas on the other hand believes people should fight against death or tragedy He describes how wise
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