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

767 Words Oct 7th, 2015 4 Pages
There comes a point in life when someone close to you passes away and that can affect every aspect of life. Many people spend their entire life fighting death and others let it be. This poem is remarkable in a number of ways, most notably in that contrary to most common poetic treatments of the inevitability of death, which argue for serenity or celebrate the peace that death provides, this poem urges resistance and rage in the face of death. In Dylan Thomas’s insightful poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” the author structures his poem in a villanelle and uses many literary devices, such as symbolism, simile, and more, to discuss his views on the fight against death.
Firstly, Thomas’s views on death become apparent from the title and first line. In the title and the rest of the poem night is used as a metaphor for death. To go gentle into the night would be to give up and give into death. In essence, he is telling the reader to not give into death and to fight it. “Old age should burn and rave at close of day; /Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” is an example the author’s way of fighting death (526). He is living day by day by watching one sunset after another and seeing one nightfall after another. The author’s choice of diction for these lines, and further in the poem, is not coincidental. By repeating and using the term “rage,” Thomas is highlighting how badly he fights death and how badly he wishes for others to fight it. The author generalizes…

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