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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night poetic analysis The Poem, Do Not Go Gentle into that good night, was written by Dylan Thomas in 1952. The primary theme of the poem is death, and how everyone must live life to make it a great one and to strive to make it so. Dylan Thomas uses repetition, enjambments, rhyme, and metaphors throughout to make his argument to the reader. The Poem Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas urges us that we should fight against the inescapable grip of death and live as long as we can while making our short time on earth the best it can. The first stanza is about how we must fight the inevitable at our latest hour. Line two states “Old age should burn and rave at close of day” (2). The metaphor in this line is that we should “burn” or fight our hardest at our last moments in life. The last line of the first stanza uses an anaphora to emphasize the fight for life before death, “rage, rage against the dying light” (3). The cesura is the comma between the two words “rage” only asserts the fight more with a slight break when spoken. The metaphors used in this stanza are the use of the words “night,” “close of day,” and “dying light” all representing death. Also, the words at the end of lines 1 and 3 rhyme “night” and “light’ these two words juxtapose each other, “night” being death and “light” serving as life. Stanza 2 begins the story of how different type of people should live their lives to the end.

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