Interpretation of Poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” – Dylan Thomas
The speaker opens the poem with this phrase, saying, “Do not go gentle into that good night, / Old age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The speaker urges his father to struggle with death, which has upset the speaker for the decline of his father’s health. He believes that those who cry have not shown much brilliance in life. Hence, if they can survive longer, they would be able to achieve more success.
The poet is witnessing the end of a life and cannot seem to tolerate a gentle status quo. A villanelle is hard to get right but this example by Dylan Thomas is considered to be one of the best, the least contrived.
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