Essay on Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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Moving toward death should not be something you do in a resigned way, but rather a change there you fight against it and go out in a blaze of glory. Instead of being sad when you are dying, you should end life with style and struggling in life for a last time. The poem Do not go gentle into that good night by the poet Dylan Thomas is about death and dying but it is also about life, how it is lived and how you as a relative handle a tragically situation, as it is then someone you love is dying. The main issue of the poem is depicted in this sentence: “Old age should burn and rave at the close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of that light. ” When he says, “rage, rage against the dying of the light” it is clear that the dying light means darkness, which is a metaphor for death and that in old age, we should “burn” with life, which brings to mind images of brightness, light, and life. This first stanza almost acts as something of a thesis statement for the rest of the poem since it clearly defines and outlines the narrator’s beliefs about aging and death. Poetry is different from other types of literature. Often it has a specific structure and is character-ized by rhythmic and different musical effects such as rhymes, alliterations and assonances. This poem has six stanzas, with three lines in each of the first five stanzas and four in the last. There are two lines in the poem which works as a refrain. The first and the third line in the first stanza are repeated in the third line in the second, fourth and sixth stanza. The third line of the first stanza is repeated as the third line in the third and fifth stanza and in the fourth line of the sixth stanza. In this poem there are end rhymes. In the first five stanzas, the last word of line one and three rhymes with each other for example “bright…light. ” In the last stanza the fourth line also rhymes with the

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