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Analysis Of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

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Following his opinion of death being the wrong destination to go, Dylan Thomas presented his reaction toward death- rage. In the beginning of the poem, Dylan Thomas had a reaction of rage that was almost similar to forcing his father not to pass away. In the second stanza, Dylan Thomas wrote “Though wise men at their end know dark is right, / Because their words had forked no lightning they / Do not go gentle into that good night” (4-6). This stanza expressed the way Dylan Thomas reacted with rage. Rage was present in this line due to Thomas saying the “wise men” knew the “dark was right” because their “words had forked no lightning.” This means the type of men who settle for death were men that haven’t made a substantial impact on this earth.…show more content…
Throughout the whole poem, Dylan Thomas had a negative opinion as well as a rage reaction to death; Dylan Thomas had a more accepting mindset towards the end of the poem when he had a realization. The realization Thomas had was the fact that rather on focusing on his father giving up to death, he should have been thinking about his father rather than the death aspect of it. In the last stanza, the mindset was shifted as Thomas said “And you, my father, there on the 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” (16-19). In this stanza posterior to observing his father “on the sad height,” Thomas begged his father to cry for either a blessing or a curse toward his son. Seeing his father alive was something he would cherish rather than worrying about death. Dylan Thomas “redirects his focus from defeating death to strictly focusing on his father’s presence” (Smith). Like Smith annotated, Thomas would rather spend his last moments with his father with times to cherish rather than spending his last moment with her father with ordering him to defeat death. In a way, Thomas dealt with death by ignoring death in the long run. The sense of realization was a shift
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