0504 Do Not Go Gentle Essay - 05.04 Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Dylan Thomas Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night uses a unique structure

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05.04 “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” uses a unique structure that helps illuminate the meaning behind the poem. This structure that Thomas uses is a villanelle, a more rigid poem structure compared to other forms. For example, the villanelle is composed of nineteen lines, which are then divided into five stanzas each with three lines, known as tercets. The last stanza contains four lines and is called a quatrain. What makes this work so complex is not just the form of the poem, but the rhyme scheme as well. Thomas uses A1 b A2/ a b A1/ a b A2/ a b A1/ a b A2/ a b A1 A2 . The A1 and A2lines are repeated throughout the poem in different stanzas. Thomas is able to use both of these uncommon methods to his advantage to tell a story with a message that is enhanced because of the way it was written.The poem begins with a bold statement; “Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at the close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Not only does

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