Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” was written specifically for Thomas’s dying father it is even more poignant in the emotional weight the words convey. This poem radiates with intensity, in particular, the verse beginning: “wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight” is simply beautiful poetry. The acceptance of death and a peaceful rest afterwards are pushed aside in favor of an ungentle rage
so blind it almost mirrors the vigor of childhood frustration at the nature of things we are powerless to change. He acknowledged his father stood somewhere he had not, and perhaps saw what he could not. His statement of this love and grief remain touching. Perhaps the feelings of his fading father should have been more important than his own rage. All the beautifully contrasting metaphors where Thomas"tms way of gracefully asking his father not to leave him alone, in the dark. The meaning of the poem stays shrouded in metaphors like the references to night as "good". Further more, the poem speaks as much of the loss of love and the feelings of one left behind as of death itself. These emotion seem to run unchallenged throughout the poem even though the style beckons structure and discipline within the theme of "night" and "light". Though the theme is paradoxical, it declares to all: Live your life while you are actually dying. Thomas was not ready to let go of such an important part of his life even though his father was facing an irreversible course, and Thomas"tms grief was perhaps all the greater. Live intensely and resist death passionately.
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