Essay Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

825 Words Nov 4th, 2015 4 Pages
An Explication of Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas confronts death and the potentially imminent loss of his father. The Speaker, Dylan Thomas, contrasts the attitudes of five different types of men within the poem. The five types of men may be different, but they deal with death the same way, by fighting it until the end. This poem explores the theme of death by using imagery, tone, form, symbolism, and structure. The title “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is repeated four times throughout the poem. It is the first line of the poem as well as the ending of two stanzas (stanzas 2 and 4) and the second to last line of the entire poem. The line “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” also repeats four times and is the final line of the poem. The two lines evoke a sense of urgency for the reader, almost to invoke the idea that death is coming soon and his words should be heeded. The narrator seems to be pleading with the listener, who in line sixteen is revealed to be his father, to fight death with everything he has. In reading the poem it becomes clear that the speaker thinks that everyone who is close to death should fight it. Stanzas one through five each reference a different type of man, old men, wise men, good men, wild men, and grave men. Each type of man brings his own life and experiences to death, but in the end they all confront it the same way, by fighting. The…

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