Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Robert Frost And Dylan Thomas

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The 1900’s are known for world wars, psychedelic drugs, classic rock and believe it or not, poetry. Poetry may come as a surprise to most, however, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and Dylan Thomas’ “Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night” are influential in how they depict the impact of choice and the impact of death on human life. Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is about decision making when faced with a “fork in the road” situation and how taking one choice will result in never knowing where the alternative road could have taken you. Thomas’ “Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night” is about the death of his father and how his father should die with rage instead of humility because rage is what he is made of. Both poems represent different …show more content…
One might say that their thoughts may be too complex as both poems are superficial, simple and the goals of the poem are clear, proving there is nothing beyond that. Nevertheless, the imagery is deep and creative leaving a lot for the reader to interpret, the symbolism demonstrated in each poem provides insight beyond the poems themselves, and impactful literary devices that show how immersed each poet’s mind are indulged into their writing. The detailed picture Robert Frost and Dylan Thomas create in their poems is due to their enhanced capabilities in using imagery. In “The Road Not Taken” Frost is able to deceive his readers by using two words. These two words have the power to confuse the reader since both words are completely different visually, but are used the same poetically. The use of “undergrowth” and “grass” creates an illusion that one road is better than the other, grass being clean cut and smooth and undergrowth as messy and …show more content…
Robert Frost was able to create an everlasting symbol of choice by using a fork in the road method. There is two roads, each road being different and one is made to be seen as more attractive than the other (Rukhaya), but the end of each road is different and only one can be chosen. The mystery behind what is at the end of each path is enough to drive someone insane, however, every day people are faced with the decision of choice and that is what makes up the cycle of life and creates endless change. Frost was able to put what he went through into words to help others understand the struggle of choice. Very similar to Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas was able discuss the symbol of death through a creative way, however he was different than Frost in the sentiment that was used. Thomas was known for writing poems about others “It is another poem written for or about somebody other than the poet himself; however, unlike the former it has an indignant and protesting elegiac tone.” (ÖZ 1049), although, “Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night” was forceful and contained a melancholy theme. Throughout the poem, Thomas symbolized death by comparing it to different men “Wise men… Good men… Wild men… Grave men” (Jyoti, slide 10, Jan 19) and how they all wanted to die based on who they made themselves to throughout their

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