Isolation - Edward Thomas and Robert Frost
Compare and contrast two poems, one by each poet, taking account of the methods which each poet uses to write about the isolation of the individual.
Both poets write about the isolation of the individual in their poems An Old Man’s Winter’s Night and Man And Dog. Frost depicts an elderly individual who is isolated form others because of the harshness of the natural environment around him. Whilst Thomas depicts a nomadic individual who wanders the countryside and who, In contrast to Frosts character embraces his isolation, choosing instead a “brown bitch” for his only company
To begin with, Thomas writes in rhyming couplets which create an on-going effect of the …show more content…
Furthermore the poets both end their poems on very different notes. In AOMWN the line, “it’s thus he does of a winter night” gives a sense of hopelessness; a sense that old age will be harsh. The use of the word “Winter” depicts harsh weather which connotes a harsh life. Whilst in Man and Dog the closing lines are about the weakness of old age, but the speaker’s attitude towards weakness is very different to that of AOMWN. “together in the twilight of the wood”, this collective phrase shows how the man is united with nature through this simple encounter. The image of the man walking along with nature is a positive image. His isolation has led him to be close to nature.
In Man and Dog the tone is rather positive and almost hopeful, the man could dwell upon his isolation and feel lonely, but