Literary Works Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night And Psalm Of Life

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The literary works Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and Psalm of Life are both poems of solemn remembrance. The authors both advocate the need for excitement and passion in life, encouraging action to be taken with every moment. Literary devices are used to help carry across the messages regarding life and the imminent death. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is authored by Dylan Thomas; he addresses his father and advises him on how to face his impending demise. He describes the helplessness that accompanies death and how to avoid falling subject to it; as well as the need for life to be lived with excitement. Thomas conveys the message that fighting death is the perfect way for one to understand the essence of life. The theme of the poem is the transcendence of mortality. Death is inevitable but it is the responsibility of the individual to rise above this fate by fighting. He associates life with being passionate and resistant to control. The poem is executed using a simplistic rhyming structure and incorporates similes, metaphors, repetition, alliteration, symbolism and oxymorons.
The techniques used and choice of words evoke vivid imagery for the reader. Good night is a metaphor used to describe death; alliteration can be found within the lines “Do not go gentle into that good night”, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” and “blinding sight/ blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay.” The symbolism is very heavy within this literary work; the word…

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