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impossible to express in quiet; so like his earlier indication about his poems this is one that is wild, and read loudly. There’s also a sense of struggle when asked to “not go gentle into that good night”. This poem is filled with activity as we see, “Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight.” ?Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Even though the night is a similar subject in these poems, the way it is approached is very different. ” I have been one acquainted with the night,” says Frost. His mood is calmed by this darkness as he walks to “the furthest city light.” The night has become his solitude and a veil to disguise him when he walks “by the watchman on his beat,” where he promptly drops his “eyes, unwilling to explain.” I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain–and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. The night is a vivid, dark, and comfortable atmosphere for Frost to discuss, yet for Thomas it is a time to “rage against the dying of the light,” even though “wise men at their end know dark is right”. Also, to hammer his thoughts home, and convince, the line “do not go gentle into that good night” is chanted throughout the poem. There is unwillingness, in opposition to Frost’s poem, to be part of the night. All indications point to the night as death or dying as we are presented with an image of old people near death, “who see with blinding sight,” or no sight at all. At nighttime, light has been snuffed out, and that is what Thomas does not wish to occur, for in being blotted out, you become part of the night, and die. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. While a similar subject, the night, in the poems is really different, what are alike is a couple things that match item for item, in the imagery. Standing still, Frost’s narrator, hears a “far away” cry that comes “over the houses from another street.” To hear that lone voice carrying so far, and for what? It marks a certain bleakness about the time period, but shows how normal it was for the narrator to hear such a cry. I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street Thomas’ imagery is just as stark, looking in the faces of the people the narrator sees, “blind eyes (that) blaze like meteors”. Wise men in this poem have no choice about the night because “their words had forked no lightning”. It’s the careful imagery in both poems that really helps convey emotion. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Rhythm in both poems exists heavily and the rhyming scheme in “Acquainted…” starts with the last word of the first and third lines. There’s a type of word play scheme in Thomas’ poem, which is leading to the narrator’s father, as he describes the type of person he is alluding to, at the end the poem. A Good man, a wild man and a grave man all must either rage against the light or not go gentle into the night; but the last man is his father who he asks to do both. The narrator in “Acquainted…” deals with many things, his situation and atmosphere, but also a desired point to be driven home. He too, like many people, has been “acquainted with the night.” Two men talking about the night. One speaks about it as an acquaintance, the other loathes its association with death or at least its association with his father. A strong emotion can be felt in both, only one is soft emotion and the other loud emotion. It could be that these two poems mirror the poet a little as Thomas was an alcoholic and prone to loud tirades and Frost was a delightful personality, frank, straightforward, and honest. There’s no doubt though, that whatever the personality of these two poets, a force of thought was so strong that it was expressed in words whenever they touched pen to paper.