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

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Ryan Ogawa Professor Neta Hoff English 111 1 February 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 was of villanelle form. The villanelle poetic form is defined as having nineteen lines, consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The poem was 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, At the end of the day, you may be old; But rage and fight to stay away from that light. Wise men know when it is their time to die, Even though they may have not say anything, Do not die without a fight. Good men weep about how happy, That their lives must have been (dancing in a green bay) But rage and fight to stay away from that light. Wild men who enjoyed their lives in the sun, Learn too late that they took it for granted Do not die without a fight. Grave men near death who are blind, Blind as they can be but still lived a happy life, But rage and fight to stay away from that light. And you, my father, so close to leaving me, I pray that you curse me and bless me as you cry. Do not die without a fight, But rage and fight to stay away from that light.” 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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