Dylan Thomas s poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, is about a son enraged by his father s death

. The poem is a villanelle, and the repeated lines end with the words, night and light. Do Not Gentle contains a lot of dark and light imagery; dark symbolizes death, and light symbolizes life. In the end, light triumphs over darkness.


In the poem, darkness symbolizes death. Darkness and death appear together from the very first stanza of the poem. The first line ends with the word night. In the second line, Thomas strengthens the connection between darkness and death with the line, old age should burn and rage at close of day (line 2). Just as after old age comes death, so too at the close of day, it is dark. Though wise men at their end know dark is right Liight symbolizes life In the end, light triumphs over darkness.


BIBLIOGRAPHY or WORKS CITED Thomas, Dylan. Do not go gentle into that good night. Literature: Craft and Voice (volume 2: poetry). Eds. Nicholas DelBanco and Alan Cheuse. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010. 258.

NOT RELEVANT He writes in the second person, which makes the reader feel included.

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