Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, By Dylan Thomas

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In the villanelle structured poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” written by Dylan Thomas is a transparent, yet raw expression of animosity and utter brawl towards annihilation of one’s life. Dylan Thomas embodied complex analogies, naturalistic imagery, and repetition to correspond to the elemental, impassioned theme of bereavement and fatality. While the poem advises one to be unyielding and relentless as death approaches until the last second, the author implies that death is imminent. Despite the poem’s portrayal of grief and defying death, Dylan Thomas incorporates literary devices to convey that even after the endeavor against the inevitable, there is a renewal and light after death. In the first stanza the narrator is advising …show more content…
These “wild men” are the radical ones who are fanciful, imaginative, and cherish life until the last drop of the sunset (Thomas 10). The men “caught and sang the sun in flight,” conveying the men celebrated and cherished every day of their lives until they acknowledge the world they admired does not last forever. The hasty diction, such as, “flight” resembles the abrupt end to one’s existence and time being halted precipitously from the carefree men. The sun motif occurs again in stanza four representing the charm and light it radiates in a dark, barren world. The speaker then shifts to an omniscient and ghastly tone as he describes the “grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight” (Thomas 13). The somber diction portrays the critical and condition of these men who have so little power left in them, but still choose to struggle against the approaching night. The poem shifts in the last stanza to a grief stricken plea to his father to not let go of his bright, valuable life so quickly. It is evident that the speaker’s father is close to death on “that sad height,” as he urges his father to “rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Thomas 15-18). The speaker’s point of view shifts to first person in the last stanza for a more personal confrontation to his father, with the inclusion of “you, my father” and “I pray” (Thomas 15-16). The first five stanzas were all a …show more content…
The poem itself is filled with paradoxical statements, a significant example being a positive and negative point of view on death that evidently switches through the stanzas. It can be viewed that the speaker has potent aspects on the idea of the “close of day,” as he suggests to “burn and rave” against it (Thomas 2). However, there is indeed a sense of hope and positivity centered around death from the speaker. The repeated last line in stanza 2 and 4, “do not go gentle into that good night,” death can lead to something greater. After the fight, and surrendering is inevitable- the night will still be good, and there may be an afterlife. The most essential metaphor to the claim that there is light after death is the paradox between night and day. With each passing sunset fading away the dim light, each day the sun will still rise. The sunset metaphor symbolizes a radiation of hope, even a potential glimpse of afterlife. After the night comes and death triumphs the last breath, the sun will rise in the morning bringing life back into the deceased soul. In the final stanza, Thomas includes the religious diction of “curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray” (Thomas 16). This line adds to the theme of bewilderment from the

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