Comparing a Poem to a Song Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

Gentle into That Good Night and This Is it: A Comparison

Dylan Thomas' poem Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night and the Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald song This Is It both deal with the mortality of man. Each is a plea to a dying father, Thomas' and Loggins', not to give up the good fight as they neared death. Both works are saying that even at the end of life one should choose to fight against the inevitability of death.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Thomas' poem is composed of six stanzas of three lines each except the sixth with four. The rhyme scheme is A, B, A with the last line alternating between Rage, rage against the dying of the light, and Do not go gentle into that good night. The last stanza ends with both refrains, thus the extra line and an A, B, A, A pattern. Except for the second line of stanza five each line in the poem has ten syllables. The first syllable in a line is unstressed, the second is stressed, the third is unstressed, and the fourth is stressed, and so on. Thus, the poem is in iambic pentameter.

Thomas begins his poem with second person point-of-view telling his father and the readers to fight tell the last gasp. The second is line Old age should burn and rave at the close of day. Close of day refers to the end of life. The dying of the light refers to death. He switches to third person in the second stanza making a declarative statement when he says wise men "do not go gentle." The statement that dark is right refers to the inevitability of death, however, this does not preclude on from resisting death's grip. The third stanza continues in the third person and is one declarative sentence and expresses a similar message as the second stanza, men facing death realize they could have done more and thus fight against the dying of the light. The fourth stanza, again in third person and a single declarative sentence, continues with the same message. The term wild men has the same force as good men and wise men, and though these men had their moment in the light, they grieve that they had not done more so they do not go gentle. In the fifth stanza grave or serious men also fight against death for they too see with blinding sight that death is the end. Thomas is imploring us not to be blinded by death's presents. The sixth stanza returns to second person as Thomas notes that if his father cursed him it would be evidence of the fact that he had not given up, and thus a blessing.

This is It

The title of the song, "This Is It," refers to the time before death when one has a choice of fighting or succumbing to death. This song, inspired by Kenny Loggins' dying father is, like Thomas' poem, a plea not to give in to death.

At one point in the song's evolution, its melody was underway, but the lyrics were incomplete. Loggins moved it forward after a visit to his ailing father, who had undergone a series of surgeries for vascular problems stemming from small strokes and was discouraged at the prospect of another. The song was originally conceived as a love song. However, Loggins revealed that after talking with his father he "gave me the feeling that he was ready to check out. He'd given up, he wasn't thinking in terms of the future" (Song Facts). This inspired the artist to rework the piece as a 'life song'.

The song is a pretty straight forward message to his father about how he feels his father should face death. The piece begins with the lyric "There've been times in my life, I've been wondering why." The 'why' may be interpreted as the meaning of life.

Later in the song Loggins states, "No time for wondern' why. It's here, the moment is now, about to decide." In other words, if his father gives in the decision of life or death will be made for him. "You make the choice of how it goes…For once in your life, here's your miracle. Stand up and fight. This is it!" This is it only if his father wants it to be.

Loggins softens the message at one point saying,…[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"Comparing A Poem To A Song" (2012, July 29) Retrieved December 10, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/comparing-a-poem-to-song-109870

"Comparing A Poem To A Song" 29 July 2012. Web.10 December. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/comparing-a-poem-to-song-109870>

"Comparing A Poem To A Song", 29 July 2012, Accessed.10 December. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/comparing-a-poem-to-song-109870

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Song Paparazzi Lady Gaga I Originally Submitted

    song paparazzi Lady Gaga. I originally submitted instructor file I uploading. He replied back: You made a small, important mistake. Your essay song. What song? What meaning song? What song? Lady Gaga's song "Paparazzi" Lady Gaga's song "Paparazzi" is written in the voice of an obsessed lover. The female speaker literally and figuratively compares herself to a dedicated paparazzo, stalking her victim: "I'm your biggest fan/I'll follow you until you love

  • Beowulf as a Hero Lesson

    Your answer should be at least five sentences long. The Legend of Arthur Lesson 1 Journal Entry # 9 of 16 Journal Exercise 1.7A: Honor and Loyalty 1. Consider how Arthur's actions and personality agree with or challenge your definition of honor. Write a few sentences comparing your definition (from Journal 1.6A) with Arthur's actions and personality. 2. Write a brief paragraph explaining the importance or unimportance of loyalty in being honorable. Lesson 1 Journal

  • Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by

    Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot, and the Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost are two poems that imagine how life might be if the narrator had acted differently. However, the two poems are almost opposites in their intent and impact. Eliot's poem is a lamentation over a life not lived, over a failure to act. Frost's poem is a celebration over an unconventional life bravely

  • Compare the Divine Comedy and the Odyssey

    Divine Comedy vs. The Odyssey Both Dante's epic poem The Divine Comedy and Homer's The Odyssey begin in media res, or in the middle of the protagonists' respective stories. Dante, the narrator, has reached middle age and is confronted with the specter of Virgil, his favorite pagan poet. Virgil leads Dante on a journey through hell, purgatory, and ultimately heaven. Virgil instructs the living, Italian Renaissance poet in the ways

  • Compare and Contrast Everyman and the Song of Roland

    Everyman," and "The Song of Roland," both written by anonymous authors. Specifically, it will compare and contrast the two texts, illustrating their commonalities and distinct differences. COMPARE AND CONTRAST Both of these medieval manuscripts, written by people long gone and forgotten, are extremely important historically. They give the reader a deeper understanding of medieval times, from the chivalry and bravery in "The Song of Roland," to the moral condition of the

  • Comparative Study Between Homer s Odyssey and the Coen Brothers O...

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? Homer in Hollywood: The Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? Could a Hollywood filmmaker adapt Homer's Odyssey for the screen in the same way that James Joyce did for the Modernist novel? The idea of a high-art film adaptation of the Odyssey is actually at the center of the plot of Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 film Contempt, and the Alberto Moravia novel on which Godard's film is

  • Comparing Driving Lessons by Neal Bowers and Fast Car a Song by Tracy...

    Car and "Driving Lessons" Tracy Chapman's song "Fast Car" tells the story of lovers who desperately want to escape poverty but can't find a way out, and Neal Bower's poem "Driving Lessons" discusses a son who is in the middle of his parents' unhappy marriage. While they tell very different stories on the surface, the two are similar in theme and the type of imagery used. Both use driving as


Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved