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Critical Analysis on 'Do not go gentle into that good night' by Dylan Thomas

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Write a critical commentary on the poem Do not go gentle I into that good night by Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. ...read more.


Light, in this poem, represents vitality, vibrancy, youth and a fiery existence, men who ?sung the sun in flight?. This is seen through the diction in the poem the ?blaze?, ?meteors?, ?burn? are all words that are fiery and powerful in their meaning and physical manifestations, and this reflects the force with which these old men should fight for their lives. The use of repetition in the poem develops the strong and willful tone and atmosphere of the poem. ?Do not go gentle in to the good night? heard over and over again creates a sort of echoing tone, that serves as a reminder of the strength and resilience that is required of these ?grave men,? sounding similar to a resounding battle cry. The reader is empathetic towards the efforts of these old men, which is further emphasized by the narrators personal connection as to why he feels so intensely about preserving life. His father, with his ?fierce tears? is close to death, experiencing this same losing battle as the ?good men described in previous stanza?s. ...read more.


The powerful nature of this poem is not only seen through the words, but through the form and construction of the poem as a whole. Most significantly, this poem is written in iambic pentameter, this emphasized rhythm with its distinct sound is reflective of the courage and strength that the men have to have in their efforts to not ?go gentle? towards death. Moreover, the rhyme scheme, uses hard rhymes, that create a pounding and force to the sound of the poem. With a powerful rhyme scheme the tone and atmosphere of the poem becomes just as hard-hitting, which all ties in with the theme and motive for the poem. In entirety, the poem is a great piece of work that manages to truly send a message to the reader. There is such motivation and drive in preserving life which makes it clear that life is worth living. As much as there is the dark reminder that death has the upper hand, no one has to give in so easily. Being alive is reason enough to ?rave and burn at close of day?. ...read more.

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