Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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This paper will be discussing Dylan Thomas’ poem, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night. This well-known poem discusses death, and the speaker’s belief that one should fight against “the dying of the light” (Meyer, 247). He ends the poem by addressing his father, and urges him “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” (Meyer, 248). The Poem itself is structured into six stanzas, each consisting of three lines, accept the last which consists of 4 lines. The opening stanza begins with the line, “Do not go gentle into that good night” (Meyer, 247). That line is periodically revisited through the entire poem. The second, and fourth stanzas end in this line; while the first, third, fifth, and sixth …show more content…

The last two lines however still ask for a resistance against death. The last two lines are an enjambment, discussing wise men, whose blasphemous words never caused them to be struck down. They now fearing the apparently empty end. Even though these “wise men” (Meyer, 247) know death to be right, they still cannot bring themselves to accept it. The fear of the unknown, and empty end, keeps them holding on in their last hours. Another interesting feature of the poem is the constant use of imagery, specifically light and dark. The speaker consistently refers to death as “night” (Meyer, 247), and clearly refers to life as “day” (Meyer, 247) and “light” (Meyer, 247). The speaker uses words like “burn”(Meyer, 247), “bright”(Meyer, 247), “sun”(Meyer, 248), and “blaze” (Meyer, 248) in lines discussing life. While this is common imagery for life and death, its use in this poem does not feel trite. Instead it leaves one with the feeling of deaths inevitability, as night always follows day. This lends itself heavily to the tone as the speaker grapples with his father’s impending death. The only comfort the speaker seems to be able to find is in the life his father lead. The use of such dichotomous imagery puts the tone in perspective. There are only two

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