Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Essay

1422 Words Apr 11th, 2016 6 Pages
“Do not go gentle into that good night” is both the title of Dylan Thomas’s poem and his plea that we, his audience, never submit to the peaceful escape death has to offer in the face of life’s many struggles. Rather than surrendering to death, Thomas encourages us to “rage against the dying of the light”. These two lines are repeated a total of four times each throughout the poem’s six stanza villanelle. It is through his strong reliance on repetition that we come to comprehend Thomas’s desperation within his words. It isn’t until the sixth and final stanza that we discover his desperation to be more than just pleading with his audience to fight for survival but his own father who can be found “on the sad height” of life’s end and death’s beginning. It is under these circumstances in cooperation with metaphors and refrains that Thomas is able to conduct such a compelling poem and convince us all to take up his fight and “rage against the dying of the light”. It can be understood by the title alone that metaphors play a large role within this poem. The title and opening line, “Do not go gentle into that good night”, can seem vague in it’s meaning, however, in combination with the next two lines of the first stanza we can almost definitively identify the “good night” to be a metaphor for death. In this frame of mind Thomas suggests that we should not willingly concede to the idea that death is inevitable. Even those of “old age” shouldn’t just accept the “close of day” or…

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