05.04 Do Not Go Gentle - Retaj Bldiar Discuss how form meets function in Dylan Thomas\"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night How does the structure of

05.04 Do Not Go Gentle - Retaj Bldiar Discuss how form...

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Retaj Bldiar 2/5/2017 Discuss how form meets function in Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night." How does the structure of the poem influence meaning? Formerly, French poets employed the form, villanelle, for light subjects to showcase their cleverness in creating humorous situations. Thomas' use of the villanelle to address death marks a shift in how many poets now choose to use the form. Dylan makes a deliberate choice when he creates his poem on death in the form of a villanelle. Not only is the form is used to address a difficult subject, but the form also assists Dylan's words to function in creating meaning, purpose, and tone. Dylan utilizes form that meets function to amplify meaning. The speaker asserts that old men at the ends of their lives should resist death as strongly as they can. In fact, he implies that they should only leave this world kicking and screaming, furious that they have to die at all. At the end of the poem, it’s revealed that the speaker’s father is actually dying.The villanelle form magnifies the theme of the poem with the echo in the

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