Friday, May 31, 2019
Comparing Do not go gentle into that good night and When I consider how
Comparing Dylan doubting Thomass numbers Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and stern Miltons poem When I consider How My Light Is SpentDylan Thomass poem Do not go gentle into that good night and John Miltons poem When I consider how my light is spent were written during times of trouble in their respective poets life. Thomas was faced with losing his father to death Milton was dealing with becoming alone blind at the age of forty-three. As each poet struggles to deal with the crisis occurring in his life, he makes a state ment about the relationship between mankind and deity, the reasons that divinity fudge gives and then takes away received gifts, and the proper way to live life. Thomas and Milton ended up with contrasting answers to these fundamental questions about life. The poets use of personal events in their lives as a topic and their use of the personal pronouns I and my resolve possible questions of voice in both poems. Because Thomas refers directly to my father (line 6) and Milton opens his poem with the line When I consider how my light is spent (1), the reader can, with some basic knowledge of the history of each poem, reasonably assume that the poet and the speaker argon interchangeable. Both Thomas and Milton chose to share their private thoughts on intensely personal matters with the world through their poems. By d painfuling from their own experiences, the poets give these works a tone that resonates with the reader because he/she can connect the words of the poem with his/her own life. Thomas and Milton present contrasting views of the relationship between mankind and God or the inevitable events of life. Thomas sees humans as having some degree of control his father may not be able to live forever, bu... ...erent men at very different points in history, but both poets were struggling with difficult situations and trying to decide how they should react. Although their final conclusions are completely opposite , the raw emotion beh ind each poem resonates with the reader whether the poem is 45 or 345 years old. The human struggle to understand life, regret, and why God gives and withholds certain gifts will continue as long as humanity exists each person who considers these questions will come to his/her own personal conclusions just as Thomas and Milton did. Works CitedMilton, John. When I Consider How My Light Is Spent. The Longman Anthology of British Literature Compact Edition. Ed. David Damrosch. New York Longman, 2000.Thomas, Dylan. Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night. Literature and Ourselves. Addison-Wesley educational Publishers, 1997.