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Do Not Go Gentle Into The Good Night Analysis

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“Do Not Go Gentle Into The Good Night” is a 19 line poem written by Dylan Thomas. In the poem, the speaker is the son of a dying man. The man is ill and the speaker is urging his dying father to battle with death. Thomas’s father had declining health and death was looming over him. Thomas might have used this poem to say things or express himself to an imaginary figure, when it would be too hard to say these things to his real father. Thomas uses figurative language, verbiage, and a certain tone to display a encouraging and persuasive mood in “Do Not Go Gentle Into The Good Night.” Throughout the poem, Thomas references major aspects of nature. For example, “Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight.” These are also all metaphors to life and death. Thomas uses these metaphors to revisit the peaks and struggles of the father’s life as he is on…show more content…
The mood and tone of the poem is encouraging and persuasive, but the words he uses in the poem are not always encouraging and persuasive. He uses words like “grave”, “grieved”, and “dying” to compare to death, in which he is encouraging his father to fight. In this poem, there are two lines that are repeated. These lines are “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” By repeating these lines, Thomas is letting the speaker reiterate his encouragement over and over to his father. The speaker is obviously angry at death for wanting his father, and uses this to help him fuel his father’s effort to live. The speaker is angry with his father’s situation. He was probably very close to his father. Tone is the author’s feelings toward the subject. The speaker is angry with his father’s situation. He was probably very close to his father. The speaker uses the figurative language and the mood of the poem to create an angry and tenacious tone. He doesn’t want his father to give up, he wants him to fight against
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