Analysis dylan thomas
“DO not go gentle into that good NIGHT”
Dr. Savo Karam Haidar
July 22nd, 2010
Analysis of Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Thesis: the following poem presents a detailed analysis of “Do not go gentle into that good night”, including significance of this text along with the poetic devices and themes.
I. Introducing the poem.
A. Occasion. B. Paraphrase.
II. Detailed analysis.
A. Poetic and stylistic devices. 1. Literary devices. 2. Meter and rhythm scheme. 3. Language.
B. Themes. 1. Anger. 2. Human condition. 3. Identity. III. Internal influence. A. Impact on daily life. B. Personal subjective commentary.
I. Introducing the poem:
Dylan Thomas (1914- 1953) was born in the uplands area of south Wales, where he attended a school in which his father taught English literature. Later on, he published the first set of his poems; most precisely “Do not go gentle into that good night”. This was one of the poems that led Thomas to be recognized locally and internationally.
Due to the failing health and eye sight of his father, he dedicated this poem to his dying teacher in order to urge him to struggle and overcome his weakness.
Miserably, Dylan Thomas passed away a year after the publication of his poem in 1952.
“Do not go gentle into that good night” expressed a new form of poetry in France carrying along idyllic sentiments imitating the Italian villanelle.
This kind of poem is characterized by not having a fixed form.
As we notice, the poem is composed of six stanzas; three lines form the first five stanzas and for the last one four lines come in hand. In the first tercet the author emphasizes on the fact of encouraging his sick father not to give up easily; it’s more like a command “Do not go gentle into that good night”.