Wise men resist the coming of death precisely because "their words had forked no lighting," while good men cry because "their frail deeds" are insignificant in the face of the constant motion of the waves.Even the "wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight" learned "too late" that they were grieving "it on its way," and blazing meteors are the image to which "grave men, near death," aspire, as if their dying eyes could exhibit a burst of fire before closing forever.
However, despite their nearly oppositional statements regarding death, one can actually view the two poems as a synthesis of humanity's own oppositional and sometimes contradictory views regarding death.Human activity is still contrasted against the movements of nature, but in this case the contrast is not a negative one; in other words, the indifference of nature actual highlights the meaning of human action. In order to prove his point, and convince his father to fight for his life, Thomas provides various examples of men from all walks of life, who regardless of their past fought to live Thomas-Dickinson Perspectives of Death "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" is one of Dylan Thomas's most recognized poems.As the narrator is riding with Death "And Immortality," their carriage passes a school with children playing, before they move on to "the Fields of Gazing Grain" and "the Setting Sun." Obviously the playing children serve as a dramatic counterpoint to the passage into death, but arguably more important is the way Death's carriage moves from the children to fields of grain, and finally to the setting sun. In the poem, he urges his father to fight against death even though it is something that everyone must at some point in his or her lives have to accept.Robert Frosts poem, Home Burial, and Emily Dickinsons poems, I felt a Funeral in my Brain, and I died for Beauty, are three poems concerning death.While the theme is constant there are differences as well as similarities between the poets and their poems.Death in Thomas and Dickinson In many ways, Dylan Thomas' "Do not go gentle into that good night" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death" are ideal texts to consider when attempting to examine human beings anxieties regarding death, dying, and the longing for permanence, because they make vastly different points in strikingly similar ways.That is to say, while they share some elements of form, style, and topic, the commentary they give on the topic could not be more different.By examining the two poems in conjunction with each other, it becomes clear that both the acceptance and refusal of death are born out of the same human need to generate meaning from the finite experience of a seemingly infinite universe.At the most basic level, all human meaning is born out of narrative, simply because human beings experience time in a linear fashion, and as a result all meaning comes from the linking between one event and the next.Thomas uses this language of nature to simultaneously demonstrate the insignificance of human action in the face of the wider world while dramatizing the coming darkness, where even the sun, lightning, meteors, and waves will simply cease to shine.Dickinson also uses nature imagery in her poem, but in a slightly different way. Dylan thomas's "do not go gentle into that good night": Through "lapis lazuli" In "Do not go gentle into that good night," Thomas argues that "old age should burn and rave at close of day," implying that individuals should not give in to death easily (Thomas line 2).