What are the contrasts between the poems : - because i could not stop for death - stop all the clocks - do not go gentle into that good night.  contrasts as in how are they diffrent or similar...

What are the contrasts between the poems :

- because i could not stop for death

- stop all the clocks

- do not go gentle into that good night.

 

contrasts as in how are they diffrent or similar

how do they deal with the concept of death in diffrent ways

 

anything on this would be great help thanks.

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The Emily Dickinson poem is the only one of the three that presents death is a positive light. She presents death as a "kindly" person who stopped to pick her up and slowly traveled with her towards immortality. Her poem is one of hope that there is life after death:

I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity

The imagery of her poem compares death to a voyage to one's final home, in eternity, in immortality.

The Auden poem depicts death as the end, with no hope afterwards. He says he thought love would last forever, but he was wrong, and he ends with:

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

It is a poem of resignation and sadness.

The Dylan Thomas poem is the angriest. He wrote it while his father was dying. He is telling his father to fight against death - "Rage! Rage against the dying of the light!" He says that good, wise and wild men all "rage" against the dying of the light, and so should his father. Death is the end to him, just like Auden.

Check out the information on these three poets on enotes.