Poetic Elements Used To Convey Theme

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Dylan Thomas, a poet famous for writing about death, contracted pneumonia and continued living his life as he had before he had fallen ill. When he finally succumbed to his sickness and was left in a coma, he remained living for so long before he died that his wife supposedly said to the doctors, “Is the bloody man dead yet?” (Hopton). Thomas was just following his own advice he included in his poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” in which he establishes the theme of resisting death. In this poem, Thomas uses the poetic elements of repetition, tone, and figurative language to convey his theme.
One way Thomas is able to convey his theme of resisting death is through repetition. ...view middle of the document...

His pleading tone is emphasized by the addition of the statement, “I pray,” at the end which hints at his desperation. The tone is also expressed through the line, “And you, my father, there on the sad height,” because it shows the speaker’s personal relation to the subject of the poem and his desperation for his father to live (Thomas 16). The tone that is used is a major factor in conveying the theme because without the speaker’s personal attachment and pleading of his father to live, the theme would not be expressed as strongly.
Finally, Thomas uses figurative language, specifically similes and personification, to enforce his theme. Thomas’s use of the simile, “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,” explains that although old age often brings illness, life is still worth living and it is possible to enjoy (Thomas 14). The comparison supports the theme because it conveys that the general negative aspects of old age could very often be a factor in giving up when the end is near. Thomas uses this line to explain that anyone can still be happy and it is always worth the fight. Thomas then uses personification in a quote mentioned prior, “Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray” (Thomas 17). The...

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