Ryan OgawaProfessor Neta HoffEnglish 1117 March 2016Poetry Analysis of “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”After reading the poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, Ilearned that it was a villanelle. The villanelle is a poetic form defined as having nineteen lines,consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The poem is about the speaker, whom I believeis the author, talking to his dad, pleading for his father to stay alive even though the father is onhis deathbed. I paraphrased the poem to further understand its meaning: “Do not die without afight. I know you may the old at the end of the day, but rage and fight to stay away from thatlight. I know that wise men know when it is their time to die. Even though they may have notsay anything when it is their time to go, do not die without a fight. I know that good men weepabout how happy their lives must have been, but still you need to rage and fight to stay awayfrom that light. I know wild men who enjoyed their lives in the sun, and learned too late thatthey took it for granted. Father, do not die without a fight. I know that grave men near deathwho are blind, but they still lived a happy life. I need you to rage and fight to stay away fromthat light. I know that you are so close to leaving me, so curse me and bless me, as long as youstay alive! Please, father, do not die without a fight, do whatever it takes to stay alive!”Basically what I got from the poem is that the speaker does not want his father to die, and wantshis father to do whatever it takes to stay away from the light that represents heaven. But, theauthor uses different elements of sound to get that point across. The speaker uses the elements ofrhyme and repetition to reinforce his message throughout the poem.