Do Not Go Gentle- Explication
In the poem “Do Not Go gentle into That Good Night” written by Dylan Thomas is a poem about death and how we all will die eventually but we shouldn’t restrict ourselves and should live how we want to live. The first line of the poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” what Thomas is saying is that you should not go gentle or quietly, that we should not just die but do something with our lives. The third line of the poem “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Thomas is saying that you should be angry and fight against the “dying of the light” or death. In the fourth line Thomas wrote “Though wise men at their end know dark is right” this means that wise men at “their end” or old age accept and know that the “dark is right” or that their death is natural and it is the right time. The following lines (5-6) “Because their words had forked no lighting they”, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” This means that even thought they were smart men their words didn’t leave a mark behind or anything thing to be remembered by so they too fight death and “Do not go gentle”. In lines (10-11) “Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,” what Thomas is trying to say is that “wild” or more immature or “sinning” men realise that they could have lived life a lot better and fight death and “Do not go gentle into that good night”. In the fifth stanza lines (13-15) "Grave men, near death, who see with the blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, rage rage against the dying of the light.” Thomas is saying that “Grave” or serious men who have been near death looked it in the eye turned a blind eye to it and continued to “rage against the dying of the light”.
In the last quatrain of the poem, Thomas gets personal and addresses his father, “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...
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