8 - Aksamit 1 Nikki Aksamit Crystal Sands ENG\/270 22 February 2016 Reflecting on\"Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas Written in

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Aksamit 1 Nikki Aksamit Crystal Sands ENG/270 22 February 2016 Reflecting on "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas Written in villanelle form, “Do not go gentle into that good night” (University of Phoenix 2011) is a moving poem that provides us with the writer’s views on death and dying. The form of this poem, which is described by The Poetry Archive as “five tercets, in which the first and last lines of the first stanza alternately appear as the last lines of the subsequent stanzas, with a final quatrain repeating both lines together as the last two lines” (Glossary term Villanelle), lends itself to reinforcing Thomas’ commentary of how helpless man is when facing death. The repetition of the line “Do not go gentle into that good night” (Thomas) emphasizes the writer’s plea for man to fight death at the end of one’s life. By pairing the line with the rhyming line “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Thomas) in the last stanza, the message of the poem is emphatically clear.

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