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Intro It is often acknowledged that without darkness, one would not know light. Without ugliness, one would not know beauty. Without sadness, one would not know joy. This also proves true with death; because without death, one would not appreciate life. However, in the eyes of many, death is viewed as the very hindrance of life, and the thought of it should be banned from one’s mind until it must be dealt with at old age. But, upon reflection, death itself is what can shed light to a unique perspective on life. Emily Bishop, Stevie Spencer, and Dylan Thomas present speakers that realize a newfound outlook of life through the introduction of death. Although these poets gather this new outlook in different ways, they all discover an understanding and appreciation of life that often goes unnoticed. The acknowledgement of death in Emily Bishop’s “The Fish” makes a fisherwoman realize the beauty of a difficult, yet triumphant, life. Additionally, a man’s unfortunate demise in Stevie Spencer’s “Not Waving but Drowning” unveils how appearances in life can be deceiving. Lastly, Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” is a son’s heartfelt and desperate attempt to get his father to look away from death and realize the importance and value of life. Overall, all three poems use the awareness of death to assert a new perspective on life. - One can go on about their life and never think about death, but death is inescapable. - To many, death is scary/ a topic that can try to be ignored for as long as possible. But upon reflection, death can make one discover a unique perspective on life. - The theme of death in Emily Bishop’s “The Fish” makes a fisherwoman realize the beauty of a difficult, yet triumphant, life. - - gives light to a perspective of appreciation and respect for a survivor of a hard life.

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