Do Not Go Gentle In That Good Night Analysis

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“Do not go gentle in that good night” by Dylan Thomas and “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost, both talk about the tragedy of death in different ways. Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales in 1914. In 1934, he published his first book, “Eighteen Poems” in London. As he published more of his creative writing, Thomas made radio broadcasts and undertook reading tours which increased his fame. Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, California in 1874. In 1912, Frost moved to Great Britain where he published his first poem, “A Boy’s Will.” As World War I started, Frost moved his family back to America and launched his career in writing, teaching and lecturing (Poem hunter). These two poems share the idea that death is inevitable in their own point of view. Through the tone, form/structure, and symbolism/figurative language, both Thomas and Frost were able to showcase the unavoidable journey towards death.
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In “Do not go gentle into that good night” the form is villanelle. A villanelle is a nineteen-line poem which contains five tercets, followed by a final quatrain and two repeating rhymes. The rhythm within the poem makes the poem sound like a prayer, as if the son is hoping/praying for the best. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” is the son telling his father to keep on fighting and to not let go (Kane). In “Fire and Ice” there is a rhyme scheme of ABAABCBCB (Blogspot). The scheme of the poem makes it fall into the open form. An open form poem is a poem which does not follow any of the rules of poetry. This scheme helps the poem create connections between words. The rhyming of “fire” and “ice” creates a repetition which focuses the attention on imagery. The rhyming between “desire” and “fire” make the words connect on a deeper level than what Frost could explain to the reader (Fiction

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