Edgar Allen Poe compared to Dylan Thomas

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Two of the greatest poets of all time have been Edgar Allen Poe and Dylan Thomas; however, two poets can have opposite writing styles. Most of Poe's poems are all focused on the depression of death. Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," was written during the period of his father's battle with death. Thomas and Poe's views toward death are completely different.

Thomas states, "Do not go gentle into that good night." In this line night symbolizes death. Thomas is trying to say that he wants his father to fight against his death. In Poe's "Lenore," he only mentions the negative parts of death: enemies, and his extreme depression that occurred because had Lenore left his side. Poe focuses on the worst parts of death, while Thomas still has hope for his father.

In stanza two of Thomas's poem, he says, "Though wise men at their end know dark is right...

Do not go gentle into that good night," this states that wise men know they can not resist death, but they still do not surrender to the night. Poe's line in "The Raven" quotes, " 'Prophet!' said I "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil!" is similar to Thomas's stanza because both poets use symbols, such as "dark" and "the raven" to represent death.

In the last stanza of Thomas's poem, he says "And you, my father, there on sad height, Curse me, bless me, now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light!" He is implying that he wants his father to fight back, and not succumb to death. In Poe's "The Raven," his last line states, "And my soul from out that shadow that...