January 22 2013
The first poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” was written by Dylan Thomas. Though the purpose for writing the poem is not fully understood, it is certainly possible that Thomas was writing this poem to his father because he had some sort of ailment and was possibly on his deathbed. This poem is saying don’t give up. Keep trying to stay alive. Live your life to the fullest until you die. Some tone words that could be used to describe this poem are hopeful and optimistic. The mood that this poem evokes in me would be thankfulness and a feeling of being empowered. The reason I picked upon these tones is the wording of the poem. Some lines in this poem are meant to give you hope while others to make you feel optimistic. An example would be “Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight/Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay”(Thomas). This line is supposed to make you feel both hopeful and optimistic because it is telling you that you can still live life wonderfully and be happy, even near death. If I were to sum up this poem in one word I would say Survive.
The second poem “O Death, Rock Me Asleep” was written by Anne Boleyn. This poem is about a person is awaiting their death because they know they cannot escape it. This poem is the person’s way of dealing with the inevitable. The tone of this poem could be described by words such as fearful, foreboding, gloomy and serious. I get this from the overall scheme of the poem and uses of language such as “Farewell, my pleasures past/Welcome, my present pain” (Boleyn). The mood that these words evoke in me is cold, crushed, and depressed. The reason I react to the poem with feelings like this is because the speaker sounds as though she has given up all hope of life and that her spirit has been utterly destroyed. If I were to sum up this poem in one word it would be Doom
The two poems in question have quite a few similarities as well as...