An Analysis of Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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In Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” he depicts the inevitability of death through repetition and diction. Furthermore, he portrays the stages of man’s life in his comparison to “good men, “wild men,” and grave men.” Finally, Thomas’ medium of poetic expression presents itself in the villanelle. The villanelle’s persona speaks in this poem as the son of a dying father. Line sixteen states “And you, my father,…” and this …

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…This poem, in villanelle form, artfully implies the universal theme of death’s inevitability. The son’s pleads to his father and the father’s pleads with death show conflicts that may arise in one at his deathbed. This man, the grave man, finishes the remainder of his life. From the stages of his life, he finally reaches this one. The poem ends ambiguously hinting the acceptance of death by the father and the son.