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I Could Not Stop For Death &Amp; Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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Death is going to happen to all of us. We do not know when it will but we will all die. It's such a surprise and it makes you wonder if you're ready for it, if it's alright to die today. Can it be stopped? Is there anyway that anyone does not have to die? Emily Dickinson, in her poem Because I could not op for death, tells us that we have a choice. She emphasized how death will come for us no matter what. I get the feeling that she is telling us that nothing on this Earth matters because we will all disappear someday. On the other hand, Dylan Thomas' Do not go gentle into that good night tells us to not give up, that there's a possibility that we can avoid it for awhile. He tells us that the world is a place where a lot of thing can be done. He is a preacher who is teaching us how to live our lives so it is not wasted.

Emily Dickinson wrote this poem called Because I could not stop for death. Dickinson tells us how death is unstoppable. She personified death as this cold, unforgiving person. An indication of Death as a person is the way she capitalized it like it was a name, like it was proper. In the first stanza, with the line that says, "He kindly stopped for me" (1), Death temporarily stopped for her. This is not for mercy but only to prove a point. Death took her around the world. He was probably showing her what was there to see and do in the world before she dies. At the same time, he also showed her things that are not-so-good in the world. In the third stanza that begins with, "We passed the School, where Children strove at Recess В– in the Ring" (2), she told us that there are sufferings in the world. When she mentioned "Recess В– in the Ring", she made it sound like it's a wrestling or boxing match, that recess is a match in a ring. People are struggling even through their leisure time and trying to fit in. they are living their lives everyday only to find out that someday everything that we worked hard for will disappear. It makes it seem like nothing in this world is forever, especially our lives. There was a part is the poem where they stopped at a cemetery, "We passed before a House that seemed a Swelling of the Ground" (3). He was showing her that one day she will end up in one of those graves. Death for her was almost this serene idea. As people die, no more pressure and struggle. Hardships to make life a little bit better will be taken away by death. Death is eternal.

Dylan Thomas, a preacher, wrote Do not go gentle into that good night. Immediately, he tells us not to give up on our lives, "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light" (4). This means that we should fight for our lives. Live our lives until we cannot live it anymore. Thomas is a preacher and maybe he's telling us not to end our lives but wait for our judgment. God, our creator, created of all mankind. According to what they teach in church, God knows every second of our lives to be, "I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born" (Isaiah 44:2). He planned our lives, even our sufferings and our death even before we were planted on this Earth. He who created us is the only one who can take away. This is not a reason to just give up on life. Even if we are already structured, He gave us free-will; He let us make our own choices. Since Thomas is a preacher, man of God, he believes that we should all be saved before we die, "Only a fool will go through life unprepared for what we all know will eventually happen" (Warren 39). God planted eternity into human health and that is if we live with morals and if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In all of theses stanzas, there is at least one line that mentions sins that a man did. He tells us that even the worst of men should not pursue death. He emphasized that even their lives are valuable because they were still created by God. In the last stanza, "Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray" (5), he cries for forgiveness even with his last breath. When he said "fierce tears", he meant God's tears. Maybe he thought that he would disappoint God with all his sins. Even with his last breath, he still tries to survive because only God can take him away.

These two poems are very different from each other and also very much alike. Dickinson tells us that death will happen to all of us and maybe she prefers death instead of the sufferings this world has to offer. On the other hand, Thomas wants us to live our lives through hardships. God put us through trials to test our faith and forgives us when we fail. He mentioned even the most heartless people who may deserve to die should not give up on life. One similarity I noticed is death as a method of saving us from hardships. This trial in life is what makes us real and both of them think that death will set us free from those trials. Dickinson portrayed death almost like a paradise. No more battles. Thomas tells us that if we ask for God's forgiveness and if we give our lives to God, then we will be saved. If we lived our lives according to what God has planned, then we will have eternal life and will be saved from eternal damnation. In other words, our lives are temporary and it is our soul that is eternal.

Work Cited

The Bible: Isaiah 44:2

Warren, Rick: Purpose Driven Life, what on Earth am I here for?: pg. 39. Zondervan. 2002



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