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Aksamit 1Nikki AksamitCrystal SandsENG/27022 February 2016Reflecting on "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan ThomasWritten 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 ofthis 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), lendsitself 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 poemis emphatically clear.