Analysis of Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'

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The Way We Approach Death Defines The Way We Live Life Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle into the Good Night Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was a Welsh poet, author of short stories and scripts for film and radio, and occasional performer. One of his most famous poems, Do not go gentle into the good night, was indicative of his overall style. Form-wise, the prose was strict with ordered patterns. However, like many in his generation, the overriding theme of his work, and this poem in particular, is of the evolution of all aspects of the human personality and being (love, death, etc.). Much of this was based on a combination of his readings, sometimes contradictory, of the Bible, Welsh mythology and folk tales and the works of Sigmund Freud (Abrams and Greenblatt). The setting of the poem, Do not go gently, is likely in the bedroom of an older man, weak and heavy with age, with whom the speaker is having a dialog. The speaker, probably an alter-ego of Thomas, admits that death is part of the cycle of life, but still tries to convince the old man using messages designed to inspire that regardless of how tired they are, they should fight death just as they fought their way through the trials of life. For humanity, then, the real issue is not necessarily what will happen to us, death is part of the cycle of nature, but how we live our lives and approach the concept of death that defines us as humans (Thomas; Broussard). The poem is divided into six stanzas, the first and last
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