Poetry plays a big role in literature through the use speech components that are used to enhance the reader’s understanding of the poem. The study below will be seeking ways to show the importance of poetry in literature and the way poets capture reader’s attention through the use visual images, figures of speech, symbolism and themes. To show this, the study will analyze two poems; “Dog 's Death" by John Updike and ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas. Both poems have used speech components, and the paper below will focus on analyzing them (Armbruster, 2002).
Imagery; The Use of Visual Images in Both Poems
Poets use imagery as a way of drawing their readers into a sensory experience which provides them with snapshots …show more content…
In both poems, the use of figures of speech can be seen through the use of similes, personification, hyperbole and metaphors (Goring, 2010).
In the first poem “Dog 's Death" by John Updike, the use of the words “her heart was learning to lie down forever” is a metaphor which means that the dog was still in the learning process of lying down.
In the poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, there is the use of “Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay” as a figure of speech that is used to mean that their wicked deeds were free in the green bay. There is also another figure of speech which states that “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors” which is used as a simile to show that the blazing of the eyes was so much that it could compare to the light blazing from a meteor. The phrase “Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight” which means that the men timed when the sun was shining and started dancing. It could also mean that they were happy with a good deed that came after a bad one hence they were rejoicing (Thomas, …show more content…
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light” is one example of this traditional dialect. It is termed traditional because its flow is a bit traditional and similar to other renowned traditional dialects used by the famous author Shakespeare (Goring, 2010).
Tone usage in both poems
The use of tone in poetry matters a lot because it’s the tone of a poem that sets the mood of the reader and how they are likely to respond. Both poems use the tone of sadness because both poets are describing deaths of someone they loved. In the first poem “Dog’s Death”, the author narrates the possible cause of his dog’s death, and a reader cannot from the tone of the poem that he is sad. The second poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” also shows the tone of sadness as the author expresses his sadness while telling his father not to give up and die easily (Thomas, 2002).
Themes in both poems
Understanding the theme of a poem enables the reader to know the exact message that the poet is trying to pass to the reader. The main theme in “Dog’s death” is dignity in facing death as shown by how the dog died. In the second poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, the main theme is also facing death with dignity as the author states that even though wise men know that death is inevitable, they “Do not go gentle into that good