Analysis Of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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Well-known poet and writer, Dylan Thomas in his poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” describes the written letter he wrote to his dying father. Thomas is telling his father to not let death take upon him and “rage” against it. Thomas knows that death is not avoidable but that does not have to forego it. Thomas’ purpose is to urge someone to fight. Thomas wanted his father to fight for life and not give up and to allow for death to take him. The reader can see the emotions that Thomas felt and is left with a feeling of resistance. The intended audience is for those who are going through a difficult time, whether it would be the death of a loved one or an event that is causing one to lose hope. The poem urges the reader to fight and live on. Although it appears gloomy, life is worth living and you should fight even though the light is dying.
Thomas begins his poem by requesting his father to not be soft on death. He asks his father not to accept death quietly but to fight against it with great force and passion. The word ‘good night’ in the first line refer to a ‘good death’ and the poet encourages his father to resist death in a gentle way. The use of the word ‘rage’ in line 3 shows the poet urging his father to suggest a resistance towards death.
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As these wise men know that death is inevitable, they do not accept death willingly. Thomas points to “wise men” that know that death (“dark”) is the natural end of life (“right”). And because the light of their words had no impact on even a single bolt of lightning (“their words had forked no lightning”), they “Do not go gentle into that good night”. The “wise” like everyone else must die, but here they do battle right up to the very end, so as to allow themselves more opportunities for greatness. Therefore, they hold on to life till the very end to achieve their

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