Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Essay

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Explication Essay: Do not go gentle into that good night The poem Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas was written in a lyrical style for Thomas’ own dying father as a plea for him to not fade quietly into death. Thomas declares that old men should resist death as much as they can. Indeed, they should only depart from this world kicking and screaming, furious that they have to die at all. This poem is a message for those aged ones facing the inevitability of death to resist and even “rage” against their own inevitable demise. Thomas makes use of figurative language in this nineteen line poem in order to create emotionally deep imagery to support the idea of fighting against death. By using frequent and consistent repetition and poetic devices, he succeeds in effectively communicating the theme and emotions in his work. In addition to making use of rhyme and repetition, Thomas employs other poetic devices including metaphors, simile, and paradox that are important in conveying his message. Metaphor is seen most strongly through the use of the poem’s refrain or repeated part of the poem. The two lines repeated in this poem are “Do not go gentle into that good night” (1) and “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (3). The reason for this is to emphasize the importance of those lines regarding the meaning and theme the author is trying to bring across. These lines are repeated four times throughout the poem with a slightly different meaning in its…

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