`` Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night `` Essay

969 Words Sep 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Not so Different Do history really repeat itself? How can poets born and died decades ago be relevant in today’s society? The poets in question are Dylan Thomas and Siegfried Sassoon. Dylan Thomas wrote “Do not go Gentle into That Good Night” while Siegfried Sassoon wrote “Suicide in the Trenches”. While both poem’s main theme deal with death, the tone between the two are very different. One is hopeful while the other one is somber.
Through the uses of their poems in popular media today, the parallel the poems have to real life, and the reason these work were created, these two poems are still relevant today. Thomas’s “Do not go Gentle into That Good Night” is a villanelle. What is a villanelle? According to Persoon
“A villanelle is a French poetic form consisting of 19 lines: five tercet followed by a quatrain, all on two rhymes. The first and third lines of the first stanza are alternately repeated as a refrain at the end of each tercet, and the two repeated lines become the final couplet of the quatrain.” (Persoon)
So how did this poem find its way into this paper? This was due to popular media such as movies. The most recent example of this was the movie Interstellar. The scene where Professor Brand, played by Michael Caine, bid the crew of the Interstellar goodbye was a powerful one. Just the lines of “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Interstellar) was enough to put this poem onto this paper. For an earlier…

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