A Plea from a Dying Man's Son: 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'

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A plea from a dying man's son to fight against imminent death in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" Through the poem structure of “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas we see the choice and use of language that represents certain images and techniques that produce hidden imagery. Thomas's shock and grief over losing his father to his impending death, tries to put the fight to stay alive back into him with dramatic examples of how other men fought to stay alive. When the speaker of “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Thomas states in the first stanza, “Old age should burn and rave at the close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of that light” (Thomas 2, 3) he is saying that moving toward death should not be something we do in a submissive way, but instead we should fight it. When Thomas says, “rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Thomas 3) it is clear that the dying light means darkness, which is also a metaphor for death. The poems first stanza acts as a thesis statement for the rest of the poem since it clearly outlines and defines the speaker’s beliefs about death and growing old. In the second stanza the speaker states, “Though wise men at their end know dark is right” (Thomas 4) he is telling us that a wise man probably an old man like Thomas` father knows death is approaching and that it is inevitable, Thomas knows his father is wise in accepting death but doesn’t want that to be the result. Thomas then states “because their words had forked no lightning they do not go gentle into that good night” (Thomas 5, 6) which expresses the speaker’s opinion that they have lived a long life but are now powerless because the aging and death is overpowering them. The wise men refuse to give up to their fates as dead men because they have not accomplished what they set out to do quite yet. By admiring these wise men, Thomas
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