The Fight Against Death (An analysis of 'Do not go Gentle into that Good Night') 'Do not go Gentle into that Good Night' is written in lyric style. The poem is written by Dylan Thomas who is expressing his thought's and experiences of death. The title disclosed the poet's thoughts about death and the importance of fighting to live life to the fullest. The poem speaks of different views of death from different people who all demonstrated one common struggle to hold on to life. The poem is fairly short and the language is figurative. The poet uses simile to compare death to a good nigh.
There is also foreshadowing is the first verse. The poet opens the poem with 'Do not go gentile into that good night' which right away indicates that the poet is referring to not taking death lying down. The reader is given a sense of growing old. In the first stanza of the poem describe old age, 'Old age should burn and rave at close of day' As you get old there is a daily struggle against death; you should fight for your life and take it day by day. In the second stanza the poet says 'Though wise men at their end know dark is right, because their words had forked no lighting they don not go gentile into that good night' I thin what the poet is trying to say is even though you " re getting older and you know the time is coming you haven't shown a sign of death you 're still have life so fight against death. Then in third stanza the poet describes someone who lived a good life but doesn't want to let go 'Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright their deed might have danced in a green bay, rage rage against the dying of the light.' It was as if he was saying had he lived longer things could haven been better.
In the fourth stanza ' Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, and learn, too late they grieved it on its way, Don not go gentile into that good night. The poet is saying Sinners who led a bad life learn too late that they could have led a better life so they fight against death in hopes for a second chance. In he fifth stanza the poem talks of someone who has had a near death experience '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. Also even though those men looked death in the eyes they turned a blind eye to it and still continued to fight for their life. Then in the last stanza the poet relate to a more personal experience 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 good night rage rage against the dying of the light' Basically I thin he is trying to say Father you near death please fight to hold on to your life do not take it gently exploded against death and try to hold on. 'Do not go Gentle into that Good Night' is a strong struggle for life, the most important and special gift in the world.
The poem is a plea for a fight against death for everyone. The poet asks that everyone try to live a full life and to not give up so easily which can apply to many things not just death.