05.04 Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.pdf - Discuss how form meets function in Dylan Thomas\"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night How does the

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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? The poem "Do not Go Gentle into That Good Night" is written in a villanelle form. Villanelles are a classic French poetic style that incorporates an iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme of this type of poem is ABA ABA ABA ABA ABA ABAA. The main function of the poem is to convey emotion and further explain the inevitable death that no one can escape. In "Do not Go Gentle into That Good Night" the poet Dylan Thomas describes death as inevitable but also explains the importance of life and how giving up and accepting death is not the correct path. The speaker uses words such as “rage”, “dark”, “dying”, and “light” to bring significance to the true meaning of the poem. Using the form of a villanelle the speaker discusses a harsh subject that many try to avoid and uses precise words to function in creating the purpose of the poem.

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