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Hayden MacIntyre September 15, 2017 Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas Meaning 1.A) Who is the speaker in this poem? To whom is he speaking? 2. Thomas presents four kinds of men who resist death. Identify these four kinds of men. Explain in your own words why they resist death.The four distinct types of men described in this poem are good men, wise men, wild men,and men that are on their death bed. The wise men resist death because they feel as though they have done nothing with their lives and wish they had more time to do something important. The good men desire to go back in time and do the things that they wish they had done. The wild men who have not known fear their entire lives finally face death and try their hardest to avoid it at all costs. The men that are on their death bed see that there is no way to escape death and use every bit of strength that they have to fight it. 3. An oxymoron is a contradiction created by two opposing words set side by side. Though seemingly contradictory, the words contain a truth. Find five examples of oxymorons in Thomas’s poem and explain how the contradictions are true given the context. Line 1: “good night”: Night here is used for death. Death is not typically thought of as good. The truth in this example is that night (death) will bring peace (goodness) to the dying. Line 8: “frail deeds”: It is not typical to think of someone who is frail as being capable of carrying out any work (deeds). The men are dying and anything they might do in their state would be frail or weak.

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