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Both Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” and Dylans “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” can be seen as having a theme of tragedy. Both concern the topic of death, although each has a different message. Auden is one side of the spectrum saying that death and suffering are natural parts of the life cycle, while Thomas wants to fight death because there is still much to be done. But throughout both of …

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…itself in the two poems. Auden describes tragedy as a natural part of the life cycle. Everyone experiences it and life must go on. Thomas, however, wants to fight against this tragedy of death. There should be no easy acceptance of tragedy and death as part of a natural cycle. It should be resisted and fought against. Both poems use tragedy as their basic theme but it travels in a different direction in the two.