ENGL 111 Essay #1 Final Draft Revision - Ogawa 1 Ryan Ogawa Professor Neta Hoff English 111 7 March 2016 Poetry Analysis of Do Not Go Gentle Into That

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Ryan Ogawa Professor Neta Hoff English 111 7 March 2016 Poetry 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, I learned 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 believe is the author, talking to his dad, pleading for his father to stay alive even though the father is on his deathbed. I paraphrased the poem to further understand its meaning: “Do not die without a fight. I know you may the old at the end of the day, but rage and fight to stay away from that light. I know that wise men know when it is their time to die. Even though they may have not say anything when it is their time to go, do not die without a fight. I know that good men weep about how happy their lives must have been, but still you need to rage and fight to stay away from that light. I know wild men who enjoyed their lives in the sun, and learned too late that they took it for granted. Father, do not die without a fight. I know that grave men near death who are blind, but they still lived a happy life. I need you to rage and fight to stay away from that light. I know that you are so close to leaving me, so curse me and bless me, as long as you stay 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 wants his father to do whatever it takes to stay away from the light that represents heaven. But, the author uses different elements of sound to get that point across. The speaker uses the elements of rhyme and repetition to reinforce his message throughout the poem.

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