Do Not Go Gentle to That Good Night

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Carol Ringold
02/06/2013
Mini Poem Analysis
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas was a well-known poet and writer whose poems were very famous, such as "And Death Shall Have No Dominion” and “The Play for Voice.” He was born on 27 October 1914, and he died on 9 November 1953. He was very popular in his lifetime, and he is still known by his works after his death. One of his works that I think is the most significant poem is “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.” This work had been published about two years before his death – 1951, and it is also a part of the collection In Country Sleep. Dylan used the poem to express his feeling while his father was losing health and strength, encouraging his father to hold on to life.

The theme of this poem is death. At the first line of the poem, “Do not go gentle into that good night,” he wants to tell the unknown listeners not to go into that good night. We can easily find a poetic device of metaphor when he used the word night for death. We also have an extended metaphor in which day is life and night is death. The first line is also the title of the poem, repeated four times throughout the poem. The next two lines are “Old age should burn and rave at close of day/ Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” In the second line, we can see what the poet wants to show us about how the elderly should fight death with their remaining health. In addition, when he says “Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” he wants to clearly confirm that this is the processing of the age – the death of old age. The first stanza is the thesis statement of the poem about aging and death.

The first line of second stanza “Though wise men at their end know dark is right,” the metaphor of darkness is continually used; dark represents death. The meaning of this sentence is the clever men think that we are all going to die – it’s totally a natural process. However, at the second line “Because their words had...
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