Essay on Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

1065 Words Oct 31st, 2016 5 Pages
Most children would be calm and loving to a dying parent, but the poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas angrily discusses the importance of life and the importance of passion in the face of death. The poem addresses Thomas’ dying father and urges him to fight death in order to die heroically. Thomas expresses his harsh anger at the death of his father while maintaining a lyrical rhythm and intense metaphors for death. The poem expresses the rigidity of the brevity of life and necessity of passion in the face of death by its use of the villanelle structure, diction and sounds, and imagery. The brevity of life and the necessity of passion in the face of death is reflected in the strict format of the poem. Thomas meticulously follows the villanelle structure, giving the poem five tercets and a quatrain. Also, Thomas uses iambic penatemeter in the poem, which adds to the poem’s strict nature and gives it rhythm. The rigidity and mathematical precision of the structure and meter reflect the exactness of life, which Thomas counters by adding passion to the poem. Within the strict structure of the poem, Thomas gives intense emotion by repeatedly exclaiming, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The sentiment that Thomas gives to his poem reflects the theme of the necessity of passion in the face of impending death; the poem, like life, needs passion in order to be fulfilled. Villanelles have a rhyme scheme of “ABA ABA ABA ABA ABA ABAA”, which…

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