Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

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“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” is a perceptive poem written by Dylan Thomas, a poet attempting to communicate the optimistic features of aging. Using powerful poetic elements, he succeeds in effectively convincing readers that life is worth living to its fullest. As a highly structured villanelle poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas is a nineteen-lined piece with five three-line stanzas and one four line stanza at the end. Although most of the poem consists of an A-B-A rhyme scheme, the last stanza has an A-B-A-A pattern. Additionally, each of the lines contains an end rhyme that interchanges between masculine and feminine; the masculine rhyming of “night” and “light” contrasts with the feminine rhyming of “day” and “they.” In consideration to imagery, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” encompasses many elements. The use of end stops, repetition, similes, metaphors, symbolism, and personification emboldens the poem’s underlying meaning. With the recurrence of words such as “light” and “night” and phrases such as “rage, rage against the dying of the night”, Thomas complements his one simile that reads “blind eyes could be like meteors and be gay.” With this simile, he likens a shooting star to eyes blazing with anger. Additionally, the metaphor “dark is right” accompanies Thomas’ widespread usage of symbolism and personification. It also implies that death does not necessarily bring despair. In order to symbolize death, Thomas uses phrases such as “dying of the light” and “good night.” He also uses the words “sad height” to describe a death bed. Personifying light and old age, the author writes about the “dying of light” and that “old age should burn.” Finally, one potent line of the poem, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh all four types people lived diverse lives, they all came to the same decisions about life. The poem “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas turns deeply private towards the end as the author calls to his father and says, “curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.” This signifies that he wants his father to put up a fight while he still can. The poem describes many kinds of men, but ends with his father. This explains that he places his father in a category separate of the grave, wild, or good men discussed previously. Dylan Thomas meticulously expresses every word of his poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” to support his underlying theme of the importance of experiencing life for as long as one can. Using influential literary elements and suitable vocabulary, Dylan Thomas commendably convinces reader of his point of view.
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