Essay on Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

1413 Words Aug 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas is about the subject of death, but the theme is focused on fighting against death and gives the reader a sense of control over death by never giving up. The poem tells us not to give up easily when it says “Rage, rage against the dying the light” (Thomas, 659), which indicates a fight. The tone is angry and it uses assonance by repeating O’s sounds over and over, showing repetition similar to someone punching someone repeatedly giving the reader a feeling of control over death. The use of assonance by using words like do, not, go, into, and good create a repetitive effect of doing something over and over and never giving up. There is a one simile to point out in the fifth stanza where it says “Blind eye could blaze like meteors. . .”(Thomas,660), which is important to take notice of because using the comparison of meteors really helps the reader understand the power and strength behind the fight that the speaker is asking people to fight against death. The poem is written in a very strict structure called a villanelle which gives the reader a sense of that the situation is controllable and that if they fight they might not die. The imagery in this poem helps the reader imagine all types of people who are about to die and how they feel such as when it says “Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight” (Thomas, 660) but then it tells them to fight even if they feel bad about what they did in the past and to never…

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