There is only one enduring happiness in life, and that is to live with meaning, leaving a positive impact on others. Michel de Montaigne, a French writer, and philosopher, once said: “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them.” The poems “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” by Dylan Thomas, and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” by Robert Frost, both compliment each other, by exploring the idea that humans should attempt to live life to its fullest. The themes of the two poems are similar, explaining that death is impending, and rather than taking for granted the time one has on earth, one should either show the courage to face death or, realize that death can wait. With this, both poems establish that death is inevitable and will either lead to feelings of an early end to an unfulfilled life, or, allow for people to come to the acceptance of life and its duties, allowing for nature to have its own way. Thomas 's poem, employs an emotional, pleading style, meanwhile Frost 's poem, a series of thoughts, exhibits a more meditative, concrete, subtle style, that forces the audience to think of their own eventual demise. While both poems emphasize that death is unavoidable, Thomas’s poem presents the adversity faced upon death, and how when death is near, people fear that they are unable leave earth with a meaningful mark, as a result, they "Rage, rage against the dying of the light," (Thomas, 3) and resist their deaths. In this, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” compliments “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” by suggesting that during a lifetime, humans encounter several setbacks, including their obligations and responsibilities, forbidding them to leave the impact that ...
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...rost uses alliterations, personification, and exaggerations to bring forth his ideas in the poem. The character in Frost’s poem accepts death, but is inclined to live for promises, giving little insight to what is truly important in life. On the contrary, Thomas’s characters have fallen through all the stages of life, and realize that they have spent a whole lifetime, focusing on what is not important. Now, facing death, they realize that they have left no mark and plead for more life. Therefore, characters analyzed in both Frost’s and Thomas’s poems, choose the alternative of life to death, however for conflicting reasons. They both realize that in order to have a peaceful death, you must live a meaningful life. As has been noted, death, the tragedy of life, is not what causes men to rage, it is rather the opportunities missed during life causing such discontent.
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