Dylan Thomas Poem Analysis

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With fleeting time, memories are kindled while remembrance fades and death steps closer. In Dylan Thomas’s Poems “The Almanac of Time”, “This is Remembered”, and “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” Thomas addresses three impacting and morphing components of life. With darkness as a central motif, Thomas utilizes a variety of poetic devices in which he reveals how all of them halt the productivity of life that furnishes humanity with a reason for existence. Only through an unfortunate turn of events was Dylan Thomas able to embark this weight of darkness into his work. Intellectually, it could be said, Thomas derived his conclusions from his own experiences, which in turn led to dimensional poems. With a brief life span of 39 years, from…show more content…
With time the focus of “The Almanac of Time”, death the focus of “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”, and memory the main focus of “This is Remembered”, it may not be apparent how Thomas is able to convey a dark undertone. With further examination it is made evident that natural imagery flows through all of the poems. In “The Almanac of Time” Thomas mentions in lines two and three that “…seasons numbered by the inward sun, the winter years, move in the pit of man;” Each revolution of the Earth around the sun, Thomas suggests, brings each person closer and closer to their eventually death; by listing the fact that the seasons are numbered Thomas reminds humanity that the countdown to demise is never ending as aging continues inside the eternal “pit” of everyone. Next, in the second stanza, with the continuation of changing time, in a single line Thomas creates yet another visual representation through the coming and going of days as if with each awakening and slumber death will come closer: “Ageing both day and night” (line 10). “This is Remembered” carries natural imagery as well between the natural occurrences humanity remembers and doesn’t remember such as “Wind and no noise…wood and no trees” (lines 27-28). He contrasts what is remembered and not remembered to remark that the things that occur naturally in nature will be forgotten and dampens the tone of the paper. He subtly suggests that once basic…show more content…
“Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” obviously, because of its structure as a villanelle, includes plenty of this. From stanza to stanza “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” are repeated numerous times. These echoing pleas dominate the work and seem to warn the reader that Thomas has experienced something far deeper in his relationship with death than they have. He warns against something that he seems to know all too well (Napierkowski, Ruby). Moreover, he continues this in “The Almanac of Time” when he adds “of time” into multiple lines such as “The almanac of time hangs…”, “The word of time lies…”, and “The seed of time is sheltered…” (Lines 1, 11, 12). Through these examples, Thomas again reveals his understanding of the effects of time on the human and its ever present continuity through the verbs following the phases that most closely describe time as stationary. This means like time will always flow at a continuous rate and never waver. Last, with “This is Remembered” a few times throughout the piece “This is remembered…” is repeated. Although not constantly as in “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”, Thomas intersperses the phrase just enough times to sober the poem and let the reader understand that nothing else will remain once age creeps in, and that the moments that impact life the most better be the ones held dearest. Over all, with

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