Topics: Poetry, Stanza, Tercet Pages: 2 (454 words) Published: March 3, 2013
Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is a poem written to tell people to live life to the fullest. The first element of note is the title, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.” After reading through the poem we can conclude that the title means that one must live life to the fullest and that one cannot die without a fight. Thomas, himself, is the speaker of the poem and he is speaking to his elderly father who is on the verge of death.

In the first stanza we are introduced to the two lines that are repeated throughout the entire poem. “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” These specific lines are repeated to emphasize the poem’s meaning. The second stanza is the first that is used to speak of a certain type on man. As the poem progresses we are given three other examples of men. The “wise men” know that their time on earth is almost up but they must not go out without a fight. Throughout the poem there are many metaphors for death used; for example in line 4 “dark” and in line 6 “good night”. In the third stanza speaks of the “good men”. The good men reminisce on their lives and dwell of the thoughts of how they could have lived longer if they had done something differently.

The fourth stanza is about the “wild men”, they enjoy their lives to the fullest and they discover too late that their lives are slowly coming to an end. The poet uses commas is this stanza to slow the reader down so that he or she is able to come to a realization that their life may soon come to an end. In the fifth stanza the “grave men” realize that, even though they are weak and losing their faculty of sight, they can still use what strength they have to rage against death. Instead of going out gradually and gently, the similie, “blind eyes could blaze like meteors”, insists that men must go out with a bang. In the final stanza the speaker states that the poem is directed to his father and although it hurts him...
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