A Comparison of “Dog’s Death” and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

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A Comparison of “Dog’s Death” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”
Tammy McGee
ENG 125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor Jessica Dennis
August 12, 2013

The theme I have chosen to write about is death and impermanence, and the two literary works I have chosen to compare and contrast are Dog’s Death by John Updike and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas. How we are affected by death, and how we accept that it is inevitable seems to be a theme for many short stories and poems. Death brings a struggle between the dying and the family and friends of the dying. All the loved ones of the dying want them to do is fight, to encourage them to stay positive, even when there is no chance of survival. We want to be selfish and want to spend as much time as we can with them before they die. Just as the two poets in these poems do. In Dog’s Death by John Updike, the dog wants to lie down, to hide so she can die peacefully but the family rushes her to the vet to try and save her. And in Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas the father is being begged to fight against the inevitable death. I am going to show how loved ones want the dying to fight death, whereas the dying would like to come to peace with death and rest.
Both Dog’s Death and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night are poems, however they are structured differently. Dog’s Death is not a set structure, meaning to say it is not a certain type of poem. It has five stanzas with four lines in each stanza. There is not a constant rhyme to the line endings, nor is there a consistent rhythm. However, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is considered one of the most celebrated villanelles” (Wilbur, 1947). “The villanelle has 19 lines, 5 stanzas of three lines and 1 stanza of four lines with two rhymes and two refrains. The 1st, then the 3rd lines alternate as…...

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