A Comparison: Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"ÃÂ and Robert Frost's "Acquainted with the Night"ÃÂ "Do not go gentle into that good night"ÃÂ by Dylan Thomas is an urgent plea from Thomas to his dying father and to all dying men not to give into death. The first and last stanzas summarize the meaning of the poem. The first urging old men to fight death and the last pushing his father to do the same. The middle four stanzas are examples of various types of men, their trials of life and the whisper of death upon them.
"Do not go gentle into that good night,"ÃÂ is written in the form of a villanelle, which are five tercets that are followed by a quatrain. The first and last lines of the stanza are repeated alternately, as the last lines of the subsequent stanzas are gathered into a couplet at the end of the quatrain.
This is done on only two rhymes. Thomas further compounds his difficulty writing in iambic pentameter, having each line contain ten syllables.
In "Acquainted with the night"ÃÂ by Robert Frost he is speaking of a journey through the night. Night represents death, and the narrator is "acquainted with it."ÃÂ Frost is feeling depressed and lonely. The second stanza of the poem expresses that he has gone through difficult times in his life. "I have walked out of rain, and back in rain."ÃÂ In this poem Frost also contemplates suicide. "I have passed the watchman on his beat."ÃÂ The watchman represents God. He feels that not even God can help him with his problems.
He has lost faith. Frost goes on to say "when far away an interrupted cry"ÃÂ reminding him of when he lost a loved one. "Proclaimed the time was...