Dylan Thomas Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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While death may sound like a simple subject on it’s own, with all of it’s weight, it’s possible to still make the best from it. Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into The Good Night is a stellar example of the layers that come with death and how people may handle it. While death is often associated with extreme sadness and grief, we find in symbols how people may treat it. Despite the sad paragraph before that, Dylan also shows that it’s important to make the best out of what someone has; whether it be nothing or something, and leave that mark. Lastly, Dylan encourages readers with a classic line that battles the thoughts of the depressed: live is something to fight for.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is a fierce representation of Dylan’s attitude and ideology; however, it also uses grief as a theme: the effect of loss on those who lost. In the middle of the poem, Dylan mentions “the sun” and uses it as
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Dylan Thomas makes strong use of parallel structure to deliver his message to the reader with his euphemised terms. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” (Thomas 3) This line appears in the poem four times. Its counterpart line, “Do not go gentle into the good night.” (Thomas 6), appears three times in comparison. Although in contrast to rage against the light seems like an aggressive line, it’s easy to draw the line and realize the metonymy association: light meaning life, and night meaning death. Dylan encourages fighting for your last days and to use them well. In another line of the poem, Dylan mentions the light that still burn for some: “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,” (Thomas 14) It shows that although this man may know realize his undeniable fate, he conquers it mentally and retains his youthful happiness. Through these examples, it is clear Dylan’s passion for perseverance and

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