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And you, my father, there on that sad height,Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
The writing style is structured, just like Thomas’ argument to why his father should not give up on life.ThemesLight and Darkness are one of the themes present in this poem. Light is used to symbolize life, hope and youth in the poem whereas darkness of any kind is always a metaphor for death, or aging.StructureIt is a villanelle poem with 5 stanzas with 3 lines each and the last stanza has four lines. Poem is written in iambic pentameter. This poem style might have been used because it has 5 stanzas, one to represent each year of the second world war.The poem is written in first person, but this is only made apparent in the last stanza where Thomas says “And you, my father”. Suggests that he remained detached when it came to generalizing all men but when it came to his father personally, he shows his emotions.The rhyming structure is ABA ABA etc.
LanguageThe poem bears powerful imagery and emotive language, as Thomas is speaking directly to his father and not to anyone else. The roles of family are also reversed here as it is the son who is giving advice to the father.