Compare and contrast the poet’s relationship with their father in Heaney’s “Follower” to Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.”

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When comparing and contrasting two poems one must remember that even though there can be similarities between the two poems, they are however separate entities that express their own thoughts. The primary similarity is that both poems of Heaney and Thomas reflect the in depth relationship in which they share between their fathers whom they have held a constant respect and hierarchy for; the difference is that Heaney has changed his role as he becomes the leading figure and Thomas is trying to salvage his father’s life.

When first glancing at Seamus Heaney’s “Follower,” the title connotes one who follows in another’s footsteps; who is not original in his decisions. After assessing the poem itself, it can be deduced that the title is
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Heaney’s poem incorporates the rule of three several times throughout the poem in descriptive examples such as, “nuisance, tripping, falling.” By having the rule of three, there is a constant rhyme scheme as well throughout the poem. There are eight syllables per line, thus making it an iambic-tetrameter. It has a constant rhyme scheme and therefore is not a free verse.

The connotations and attitudes that are present in both poems allow for an atmosphere to be created in which the poets can express their ideal theme present; father-son relationships. In “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” Thomas is not just the poet; he is also the speaker of the poem, which allows for a personal relationship to be established with the poet and subject of the poem. Thomas is extremely passionate with the concept of not giving up on life throughout his entire poem especially when he crescendos the poem at the end with him pleading with his father to fight death. As readers, we feel great sympathy for this poet as we’ve formed an emotional connection to his subject matter. Thomas used repetition to emphasize his concepts with the two lines that are restated in several stanzas, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” and “do not go gentle into that good night.” Thomas uses connotations to light which refer to death such as the “dying of the light,” meaning the coming of death “good night” that implied dying. When
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