Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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Karen Claure
Mr.Warren
English 2, 3rd period
3/29/11
“Do not go gentle into that good night”
The author Dylan Thomas has written a variety of poems. One of his poems which is very interpretive called “do not go gentle into that good night” gets you to explore every line to identify the meaning. In my point of view every stanza talks about different kinds of people; there’s the wise men, the good men, the wild and the sick. It gives you a choice on who you want to be. Enjoy life but be careful, because your actions can determine the way you die but don’t let them kill you. To start off, Dylan talks about the ones that do not go gentle into the goodnight, which means the ones that do not go peacefully to death. The wise men, “Because their words had forked no lighting” (Thomas, 5) They have a wonderful vocabulary, and a great ability to naive others, yet have not spread their word nor inspire others. They could have take advantage, but they didn’t, it’s like they kept everything to themselves. He also said something about wild men, the ones involved in drugs, alcohol, etc, since at first they did not know they were going to die, they made bad choices, so they learned too late about their actions. “And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,” (Thomas, 11). Then we have the good, sick people. They haven’t done anything bad, but the things they did, didn’t make a difference in humanity. Their small actions, along with their body, will be forgotten after they die. “, crying how bright / their frails deeds might have danced in a green bay / Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” (Thomas, 7-8-9) Rage meaning fight; what he’s trying to say is to fight against your dead, fight with everything you have, to live. It is written the same thing for the sick people, the ones about to die. “Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight / Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay” (Thomas, 13-14) They have been sick for a long time, haven’t enjoy life,...
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