Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Essays

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Dylan Thomas’ poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” is about death, old age, anger and regret. Thomas uses rhymes, metaphors and symbols for the tone and themes of “Do not go gentle into that “good night,” for life, death, anger and old age. Thomas uses the characterization of four types of old aged men who are close to death, to rebel against death with anger because they still have unfinished business and they will die with regret. Thomas wrote the poem as a plea to his dying father to rage against death just as he raged in life, because this was the only way he knew his father before illness and old age overtook his body, mind and spirit in the latter part of his life. “Do not go gentle into that good night,” suggests that even if old age and death are inevitable, one should struggle to survive in order to achieve all that one is capable of achieving in order to avoid profound regret. Dylan Thomas was born on October 27, 1914 in the Uplands district of Swansea, Wales and was an only son of middle-class parents. Dylan attended the Swansea grammar school where his father, D.J. (David John) Thomas was an English schoolmaster (Napierkowski 50). One of D.J.’s greatest passions was Shakespeare (Lycett 8). D.J. used to come home from work and read Shakespeare to young Dylan, sharing his love for literature and poetry with his son. D.J.’s high regard for literature and poetry was passed onto Dylan at a young age, which is present in Dylan’s prose and poetry (Pratt 11).…

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