Do not go gentle into that good night revision - Emileigh Goff English 102 Mr Gibbs 20 February 2017 Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Dylan Thomass

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Emileigh Goff English 102 Mr. Gibbs 20 February 2017 Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Dylan Thomas’s villanelle, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” it is addressed to his dying father, where Thomas gives his father advice on how he ought to die. The term, villanelle is a 19-line poem with two rhymes, consisting of fiver tercets and a quatrain. In this poem, the speaker preaches the inevitability of death, and the resistance of death. With this, there are two reoccurring themes: morality and transience. Focusing on morality, this theme encourages the aged to fight death, which is demonstrated through lines one through three and throughout the entire poem. Transience, or more so transcendentalism, comes alive through the five men mentioned in the poem who want more from life. The speaker of the poem “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” seems to think it is not honorable for a great or interesting man to die quietly in old age and he encourages the reader to think that death is something that should be fought rather than mutely accepted. Thomas executes this choice of language that invokes certain images, and employs certain techniques that arouse deep feeling and imagery. The adjective “gentle” appears in the first line of the poem and

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