Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Essay

1882 Words Jul 27th, 2015 8 Pages
Born in 1914, in Swansea, Wales, Dylan Thomas was one of the most famous Welsh poets of the 20th century. Thomas was an introverted, passionate and lyrical writer who, at the age of sixteen, left school to become a journalist for a local newspaper. Although many of his works appeared in print while he was still a teenager, it was the publication of his first collection of poetry in 1934 that made him instantly famous in the literary world. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” is one of his most popular poems, first published in the journal Botteghe Oscure in 1951. It has been suggested that this poem was dedicated to his dying octogenarian, father whose eyesight and general health were failing. The poem is a protest against the idea of surrendering meekly to death. Thomas uses the poem to urge his dying father, encouraging him to “burn and rave at close of day” and yield against death until his final breath. Thomas himself certainly burned with zest for life, for he was known to have led a tempestuous life, both in terms of the women with whom he was involved and his reckless and heavy drinking. In his later life, he also acquired a reputation, which he encouraged as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet”. Unfortunately, only two years after the publication of “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” about his father’s approaching death, Thomas himself died at the age of 39, from alcohol poisoning and abuse. Although, Thomas died before he could fully express his literary…

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