Book Report on Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night


In Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," he depicts the inevitability of death
through repetition and diction. Furthermore, he portrays the stages of man's life in his
comparison to "good men, "wild men," and grave men." Finally, Thomas' medium of poetic
expression presents itself in the villanelle.


The villanelle's persona speaks in this poem as the son of a dying father. Line sixteen
states "And you, my father,…" and this proves the speaker's persona. The old man, at his
deathbed, receives encouragement with pleads from his son to hold on to life. In the last
stanza, the son as well as the father accepts death as merely a part of living.


Furthermore, the repetitious last lines serve to strengthen the speaker's thoughts. In the
first, third, and fifth stanzas, the last lines match each other; in the second and fourth
stanzas, the final lines match. The final stanza combines the last lines from the odd and
even-numbered stanzas for an additional line. This portrays the ongoing war between life
and death. The old man went back and forth between life and death as the stanzas' last
lines switched back and forth. In the end, the two last lines join together as the old man
and his son accept that death is a part of life.

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