Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

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In Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” Thomas depicts death as a time of struggle that every person must face before leaving this life. He uses this poem as a plea for his father not to accept his death but instead to try to fight with everything he has in order to stay alive. Although the poem is directed toward his father, I think that he is also addressing mankind as a whole. He feels that everyone should want to resist death no matter how they lived their life and whether or not they were satisfied with their life. Thomas compares death to different aspects of nature and effectively displays these aspects throughout the structure using different literary devices. Thomas’s references to nature are demonstrated through…show more content…
This essay is written in an ABA rhyme scheme and is structured into a villanelle. It is unique how the author takes the alternating last lines from every stanza and places both lines at the end of the final stanza and changes the stanza type from a tercet to a quatrain. He also is successful in shifting between soft word choice and harsh word choice. He uses words such as “rage,” “blaze,” and “fierce” to express his frustration with people who have no will to fight death; on the other hand, he uses words such as “gentle,” “frail,” and “grieved” to demonstrate his acceptance of their choice. In addition, Thomas’s description of men ranges from general type of men to a specific man, his father. His interpretation of what different men think when they’re close to death makes his plea to his father more effective because we do not know the type of man Thomas’s father is, but we do know that he wants his father to fight death. Thomas’s uses figurative language such as anaphora, personification, and simile to show how death and nature are interrelated. The poet alternates the anaphora “rage, rage against the dying light” and the anaphora “do not go gentle into that good night” at the end of each stanza in order to constantly demonstrate his plea for men to never give into death. He also applies personification in stanzas two, three, and five to provide descriptive
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