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There are Only Two Stages of Coping with Death for Dylan Thomas “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas There are fives psycho-behavioral stages in the Kübler-Ross model of how people contend with the tragic approach of death. First is Denial, in which the subject refuses to acknowledge the forthcoming end of their life. Second is Anger toward the party presumably responsible for the subject’s death, and third is Bargaining, where the subject will attempt to negotiate for more time to live. The fourth stage is an anticlimactic Depression about death followed by the fifth stage of Acceptance. To Dylan Thomas, the last three stages are an apparent waste of life. While the Kübler-Ross model was published in 1969, Thomas prematurely established the first two—the only two he would seemingly acknowledge—in his poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” in which he urges dying men to battle the onslaught of death until it must overcome them. Thomas follows a strict pattern of composition, making full use of literary assonance and contrasting imagery to invigorate the poem, as each verse relates to the other in the development of his rhetoric of persuasion. Historically, it is known that Thomas wrote this poem for his father, with whom he was frustrated for his quiet submission to death; yet because of its composition and content, this poem might equally serve as a rallying war cry before soldiers. Army men go into battle knowing that the sunrise of that morning might be the last they will ever see, but most soldiers will fight to see another. Their commanding officers encourage them to attack with ever fiber of their being, for no soldier drags his feet on the battle field, waiting to embrace death. In battle,
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