Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas Textual Anaylisi

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Do not go gentle into that Good night by Dylan Thomas
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"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 their 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.
Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Textual Analysis
Introduction – The poem "Do not go Gentle into that good night" is written by Dylan Thomas. He was known for the imagery and surrealism in his poems. Dylan Thomas wrote this particular poem on the death of his father. There are many poetic and language devices that are found in the poem and they are used to help the author put their own message about the themes and issues, across to the reader. The devices also help the reader to be able get a response from the poem and to understand the thoughts and views of the poet and the messages that they are trying to send.

Subject Matter – The poem is about death and how precious life is. He is saying that everyone should fight against death even though it cannot be prevent. Like how nightfall cannot be prevented, but he is saying that every one shouldn't give up their life without a fight and that you should still live life to the full and not be afraid of death and that death isn't something you should submit to.

In the first stanza of the poem it is saying that to be old doesn't mean to be weak and to wait for death, but to still live your life like you weren't going to die and to "rage against the close of day" and not submit to death.

The second stanza is about the people who know that death is inevitable and that they will end up dying one day and that they may end up in a better place such as heaven. From the second line "Because their words had forked no lightning" could mean that these people have lived by Gods rules and haven't committed sins against god. So it has a religious feel to it. But he is still telling them to fight against death because life is worth living.

The third stanza is about the people who were good in life and they did good deeds and that they only did these deeds so they could remembered by them and that is how they want to be remembered. This comes from the lines "Crying how bright/ their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay". He is also telling them that they should fight against death as well, even if their lives have already being fulfilled.

The fourth stanza is about the men who lived life recklessly and didn't think twice about anything and that this resulted in their downfall. This stanza is also about the people who weren't happy with their lifestyle as it says in the first two lines "Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight/ And learn too late, they grieved it on their way," but he is still telling them to fight against death and not to submit to death even if death seem good as it says in the last line "Do not go gentle into that good night"

The fifth stanza is about men who are near death suffering from sicknesses such as blindness. "Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight". And that they should still keep on living and that if they don't give up they are still able to live life happily, even if they aren't how they used to be. In this example having their sight back but they shouldn't let that beat them down and that they are still able...
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