5.04 - Do not go gentle into that good night, AP Eng Lit, Grade 11.docx

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5.04 - Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is an incredible poem written by Dylan Thomas. It is what you would call a villanelle, a form of poetry which contains 19 lines. The narrator is speaking of all the positives involved with growing old. The last line of each of the stanzas is repeated in A-B-A-B-A- A-A. A is represented by the line “Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” and B is “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I believe because Dylan uses these poetic devices, it brought the true meaning of urgency into eagerly wanted readers to see the importance of not defining themselves to their youth. Dylan Thomas uses poetic devices like personification, assonance, similes, and figurative language in the poem as well. Personification is found in line 8, “their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay.” Line 10 uses the figurative language, “wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight.” Later assonance is used when referencing “fierce

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