Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night And Robert Frost Poem Analysis

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…show more content…
Although life is full of numerous hardships, promises, and commitments, attempting to live life to its fullest will help people not to rage against the dying of the light. “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” explains that all humans will die, and potentially rage against their death due to the facts that they feel as if their mark has not fully been left upon the face of the earth. “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” compliments this in stating that life is filled with duties that must be completed, however in this we must also find the time to leave an impact, as one day, death will occur. Thomas uses a series of repetition, metaphors and similes to express his ideas, while Frost 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

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