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This Is An Essay About Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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Love and LitThe father-son relationship is a special bond, perhaps more special and strong than any bond in nature. When a father has a son, he is so proud of him as he knows his son will hopefully one day carry the family name and keep it going. Fathers look forward to teaching their sons the ways of men, and this quality time that a father and son spend together is something that a young boy could probably not share to the same extent with anybody else. So when a boy or man loses his father, it is not something that a son can take in stride. It is a step back for a man and it puts everything in perspective as he knows that now it is he who bears the family name. In Dylan Thomas' poem "Do not go gentle into that good night" we see a man who, distraught by the oncoming death of his father wishes that his father would fight to live more and not give up. The recurring lines "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" sum up the love that Thomas truly feels for his father. He is perhaps so ashambles that he is even denial that his father's death is eminent and so is denying it, telling his father to almost "suck it up". He can't bear to see his father like this because this is not his father as he knows him. His father may have been a strong man, and this is not what Thomas sees. Thomas sees a broken down man and is trying to conjure up his father's energy into being the strong man he once was so that he may be with him longer. He parallels his father's passing to men with unfinished business and that his father should stay and finished whatever it was that he had started.The next example of the special bond that a father and son share is the poem "On My First Son" by Ben Jonson. Here we see a tragic example of this bond as Jonson's son dies on his seventh birthday. Jonson is absolutely beside himself in the poem, saying that it is his own fault tat he feels so terribly because he "sinned" in loving his son too much and hoping for too much of him led to even greater disappointment when the young boy passed. However, he wants the son to know how much he actually loves him, and so stresses that this poem is his best piece of work as it is the one that came straight from his bleeding heart, the true source of all poetry.The next example of the father-son relationship is in Theodore Roethke's poem "My Papa's Waltz". This is an unorthodox example in that it suggests a two fold interpretation. The reader at first may think that because the father is drunk and after reading the imagery about scrapes and cuts and knocking into things that the man is beating his son. This is not so, however, as the reader rereads it becomes apparent that the man is not beating the child, but rather giving his son a dance lesson. The imagery is what actually creates the false interpretation as "right ear scraped a buckle" may seem violent, but in reality it is because the young boy's head only reaches as far as his father's waist....

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