Both "Death Be Not Proud" and "Do not go gentle into that good night" do not necessarily see death as a negative thing.In looking at the title "Do not go gentle into that good night" one notices that Thomas calls the night, presumably a metaphor for death, good.Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan When discussing the different aspects of New Criticism in Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle into The Good Night”, the impression that comes to mind is death.
To get his point across he repeats the lines "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" four times each though the course of the poem.
Even though they have different views of death they share the theme of defiance of death.
In "Death Be Not Proud" Donne says "those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow / Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me"(lines 3-4).
This passage shows Donne's belief that people will always overcome death.
In Thomas' poem, he writes "Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright / Their frail deeds might have danced in the green bay, / Rage, rage against the dying of the light" (7-9).
Even the "good men" are in the end defeated by death according to Thomas.The tone of both of these poems is one of resentment towards death, although in dissimilar ways.In "Death Be Not Proud" Donne hates death because it thinks it has power over humans and in his opinion just the opposite is true.Donne says that death is a "slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men." (9).He thinks death has no reason to be proud because he relies on these things for its power, so really people have power over death. He sees death as having power over people, and is saying that people do not want to give in to death.The poet conveys this message through the articulate structure of the poem, by the use of poetic conventions and through the anybody else.So when a boy or man loses his father, it is not something that a son can take in stride.When it comes to describing the mother it becomes a very gentle and caring tone and this can be seen in the first two stanzas when Chinua Achebe says, “No Madonna and child could touch her tenderness for a child.” This biblical should forget and smile.” This is when the character is starting to set her lover free and she is saying that if time passes and some faded memories come back forget about them and her and don’t be mad but smile.This can also show us her romantic side as she is caring about her lover’s feeling and she wants the best for them.His ability to change a words meaning to incorporate symbolism is noticeable in circle of unity from life to death and inevitable and they are hopeless as they cannot defy destiny.This is also harsh as the poet does not cover up death with euphemisms but is very straight forward saying that there is no other choice other than to forget.