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Dylan Essay

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Dylan Thomas a roistering, drunken and doomed poet or a revolutionary poet in the 1930’s with many popular poems. Thomas was against any literary group or movement despite this he is generally categorized as a part of the Modernism, Neo-romantic movements. His style played against the strict verse forms of the time his most used theme was the unity of life and the process of life and death and how new life is linked to the previous generations. He saw the advances of biology during his time to be a magical way of producing unity out of the diversity. Thomas also saw men and women trapped in cycles from growth to new life. By analyzing his poems “and death shall have no dominion” and “do not go gently into that good night” it is clear that Dylan Thomas uses poetic devices like imagery, metaphors, and repetition skillfully to convey the theme of death and the evolution of your life as a source of inspiration for his poetry. Looking in depth in his works you start to get a feeling of who the famous poem was and his beliefs about not only life and death but the all the stages in between and his views on the advancing studies in biology.
First of the many important poetic devices Dylan Thomas uses one of the most used and effective ones is imagery. Imagery is when an author uses strong and descriptive word to create an image for the reader. He uses this device to create the common theme of death and how your life is evolved in many of his poems especially in the poems “and death shall have no dominion” and “do not go gently into that good night”. In one of his poems “do not
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go gently into that good night” he is writing this poem about the death of his father and he uses night as an image for death and he uses light to as the image for life. Some examples of this imagery are when his poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” states “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” And this quote uses imagery to talk about how his dying father and how his life is coming to an end symbolized by the dying light and how he is enraged of this happening to his father. Another example of imagery is in another one of Thomas’s poems “and death shall have no dominion” it is used to expand on the theme of death in this poem. In the poem it says “Dead man naked they shall be one” he uses imagery and the symbol naked to explain that once death has overcome you all you ever where and was has been stripped from you as if you were naked. These examples show that weather the imagery is simple and easy to decode or complex and hard to pull from his words Thomas uses the poetic device to create his theme of death and the evolution of your life to great effect.
Another poetic device that Dylan Thomas uses with great skills is metaphors to convey his common theme of death and evolution of your life in his poetry. A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes a something by using two points that are otherwise unrelated. In his poem “and death shall have no...

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