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Michele Dietz [email protected] ENGL 240 7380 Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Poetry Explication Paper "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas Professor Theodore Hendricks [email protected] Michele Dietz [email protected] 1
Michele Dietz [email protected] Dylan Thomas ' song "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" is a call to action to keep fighting. A clash against something unavoidable for us all, death. Most specifically, a son's appeal to his dying father. All men experience that same final stage but fight to the bitter end. Morality and existentialist philosophy drive this famous poem. The speaker correlated being alive with energy, excitement, joy, intense emotions, perceptions, feelings, and wishes. As for the poem's thesis, line 2 comes closest to explain it, "Old age should burn and rave at close of day;" The speaker notes older men, like fire, will fight determinedly against their eventual death. The goal of facing death is to realize the importance and purpose of life. "Do not go gentle into that good night" represents a person's actual final choice: not whether to perish, but how to treat the unthinkable. So, while life is short, enjoy it while you can, because knowing that one's time is almost up isn't the same as accepting it. The goal of battling death is to understand the value and significance of living. Thomas' speaker in “Do not go gentle into that good night” is an anonymous storyteller whose father is dying, and the speaker describes whoever has lost loved ones and understands the unique pain and suffering. Yet the speaker isn't the only one in the poem. Every stanza of the poem reveals another type of man nearing his death. The "wise" man in stanza two, the "good" man in stanza three, the "wild" man in stanza four, the "grave" man in stanza five, and the narrator's own father in stanza six. In each stanza, the man looks at his existence. He's concerned

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