In This Essay You Explore How The Poets Use Of Poetic Techniques Conveys The Messages Of The Poem

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"Do not go Gentile into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas was a poem that made me think about death in a different way, in particular that we shouldn't just accept death, but try and resist it. The poem is about a man trying to tell his dying father not to die up and die, but to get up and fight to live. The son also shows his father different ways in which other men have resisted death. The poet's use of metaphors, similes, oxymoron, personification, symbolism and the unusual form of the poem all helped me to see death in a different light.The first thing that helped me to think about death in a different light was the poet's use of metaphors. In stanza one it says,"Though wise men at their end know dark is rightBecause their words had forked no lightning"This metaphor shows us how wise men cope with death. It shows us that when they know they are dying, they think, even though what they have said in the ...view middle of the document...

And also we can do not have to be old and bitter but we can be happy and joyful.The poet's use of oxymoron has a skilful effect."Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight"This evokes an image of the light at the end of the tunnel and the dying men seeing it and being blinded by the light.Furthermore the poet's use of personification has a successful effect."Old age should burn and rave at the close of day"Of course old age cannot physically burn and rave before death. This is telling us that old people should still shout and go out and have fun. The word "burn" gives us an image of anger which makes me think me think that the son is telling his father to be angry at death for coming for him. Also, the word "rave" creates an image of young people at a party enjoying themselves and being unruly. This makes me think that the son is also telling his father that he shouldn't "play by the rules" and be stuck indoors and feel sorry for himself, but should feel happy and have some fun.Another successful technique used by the poet was symbolism. The poet uses darkness a night as a symbol of death, and light as a symbol of life."Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light"This creates an image of life being light and happy and death being like night, which can be scary if one is alone and dark, so hard to see clearly.The poem has an unusual form, called a villanelle. It consists of two alternating rhymes, five terecets and one quatrain. Also the first line is repeated in the 6th, 12th and 18th lines, and the 3rd line is repeated in the 9th, 15th and last lines. The effect of the repetition helps to put forward the message of the poem and creates the idea that this is not the first time the son has had this conversation with his father, and has told him the same thing over and over.In conclusion, the poet's use of metaphors, similes, oxymoron, personification, symbolism and unusual poetic form all helped me to think about death in a different light and also to understand the message of the poem.

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