An Analysis of “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

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An analysis of “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” This poem was written by Dylan Thomas who had been acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century. The poem is a son’s plea to his dying father. Thomas shows four different kinds of people in four stanzas – wise men, good men, wild men and grave men so as to encourage his father to fight against death rather than to accept in silence. The tone used in the poem is passionate and intense. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (line 3) is an attitude the old is supposed to hold. “Old age should burn and rave at close of day” (line 2) is exactly the theme that the poet wants to pass on. Though wise men at their end know dark…show more content…
“Blind eyes could blaze like meteors” (line 14) This is a metaphor that means grave men never distinguish their hope and always hold a passionate attitude towards life. A disabled person still can fight against the doom. Why healthy people give in to death? In the last stanza, the poet points out that this poem is particularly written for his dying father. “Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.”(line 17) In this sentence, “curse”, “bless”, “fierce” and “tears” all have the rhyme “s” which makes the tone soft-sounding. Thomas begs his father to die with anger, not humility. Whatever the ways, the curse or bless, the poet can bear it so long as his father not surrender to death. This poem is structured in a form called villanelle, which has 19 lines long, but only uses two rhymes. In this poem, “night”, “light”, “right”, “bright”, “flight”, “sight” and “sight” all end with “t” sound and “day”, “they”, “bay”, “way”, “gay” and “pray” all end with “ei” sound. The rhythm of this poem follows as “aba, aba, aba, aba, aba, abaa”. Moreover, it is clear to see that first five stanzas are triples and last stanza is a quatrain, which is also another standard of villanelle. There are two refrains in the poem. “Do not go gentle into that good night.” (line 1) is repeated in line 6, line 12 and line 18. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” (line 3)is repeated in line 9, line 15 and line 19. Thomas urges his
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