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painful, but if he fights threats, it would also be encouraging. Therefore, the idea of blessing and curse represents the earlier principle that death both necessary, yet it's is also something to fight against. The father's cries are a "curse" because they influence his son with fear of death, and a "blessing" because they inspire the child to live his life fully and to the best of his potential.The poem is composed in iambic pentameter, using the rhyme scheme, ABA. There are two refrains repeated across the poem. These two lines are "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "Rage, rage against the dying of the light." The two refrains often serve as a reflection4
Michele Dietz[email protected]of their connotation. The first refrain has a softer, more optimistic tone, mostly using the words "gentle" and "good night." This poem utilizes several linguistic devices, like, contrast, simile, and oxymoron. This poem often uses symbols like "night" "light," "sad height," etc. In this poem,imagery is all visual imagery, and the poet uses "lightening" and "wave" visuals to show mortality's mindsets with "wise men" and "good men" meeting the death hurdle. Thomas uses thecomparison of dying and death as "night" and existence as "light" to describe ageing and dying ideas. He encourages his dying father to "rage against the dying of light" and regain some of his energy, his flame. Using the word "good" to define the night means death is imminent and irreversible.Nonetheless, knowing that one's time is almost up isn't the same as accepting it. Wise men battle death like wild men. Thomas encourages his audience to ' carpe diem ' with this poem; remember how short life is, to lead the best life before it's too late.5
Michele Dietz[email protected]Works Cited:Thomas, Dylan. "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Poem by Dylan Thomas - Poem Hunter." Poemhunter, n.d., -that-good-night/.6