What are two poems with the same theme by different poets?

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The poems "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas and "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe share themes of death, love, and confronting loss. 

Your teacher will almost definitely want to prove that (a) each poem features these themes and that (b) the poems are similar in their representation of the themes. To do so, here are my suggestions: 

  1. You know what themes you are looking for. Go through each poem and find 3-5 quotations that you think display one or more of these themes. 
  2. For each quotation, explain exactly why/how the theme is present in the quotation. It's not enough to just say that it's there - what makes it there? Is it in the imagery? The figurative language? The tone? Try and be as specific as possible. 
  3. Write 1-2 lines about how/why these poems are similar. Don't just say that they share these themes! Explain what about these themes makes them resemble each other. 

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