Critical Literary Analysis of “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas Dealing with hardships such as having a family member on their death bed can be extremely difficult, and in “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas you get to experience the author’s hardship with his father’s acceptance of death. Throughout this poem you think of, and feel how heartfelt and inspiring the author is. The author creates these effects to emphasize his use of figurative language, from his use of word choice and the poetic form he writes in.
When reading “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” you notice an immense amount of symbolism. The author use certain words to symbolize things help him to speak figuratively. Certain key words/phrases that are used throughout the poem such as “that good night,” and “Rage against the dying of light,” each meaning is specific and of particular importance because of how it effects each lines meaning. The first phrase means farewell, or in simpler terms death. The latter phrase means to fight against death, which ends up being the major theme of this poem. “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day,” (Thomas 636) The author is trying to get his point across that his father and old people should resist death and fight. (“Poetry Pundit”)You see the sincerity that the author has from these lines. He does not want his father to give up on life. You see the author trying to inspire his father by using examples of different types of men, and how they approach death. Thomas says “Though wise men at their end know dark is right,/Because their words had forked no lightning they/Do not got go gentle into that good night.”(Thomas 636) To emphasize that wise men even though on their death bed fight to survive to complete, or to finish tasks in their life. (“Smith”) You see how the author is trying to encourage his father to fight to live, so that he can complete works that would be...
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