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Discuss symbolism of death in `Don`t go gentle into the good night.

br Discuss symbolism of death in `Don`t go gentle

into the good night Symbolism of Death in "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dylan Thomas "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night " is arguably the most famous villanelle compose in English . The poem 's subject is death more specifically , the death of Thomas ' own father . Critical interpretations of the poem uniformly praise the poem 's imagery and symbolism , while popular appraisals of the poem center around the poem 's simplicity of language and its easily memorable , repeated lines

. Though technically restrained and simple from the standpoint of language and imagery , the poem creates complex tensions and associations by the changing emphasis of the repeated words and imagery . By causing the reader to read the same , repeated words , each time with a different emphasis on meaning and imagery , Thomas attained a depth and profundity in his villanelle which seems to take the form itself to an entirely new plane of expression

Part of Thomas ' extraordinary capacity to express deep themes in the villanelle form is derived from his capable use of symbolism throughout the poem . Because the poem is about death , the symbolic associations in the poem which are tied to Thomas ' conception of death provide the primary emphasis for the poem 's expression and tension . Merely by reading the title , the reader is furnished with Thomas ' first and most dynamic symbolic association with death -- "That Good Night " Death is symbolized by a "good night " which indicates both departure and (through logical progression ) the eventual rising of the sun , or resurrection The tension of the poem is squarely evoked , also , in the title with the verb "go " providing another symbolic association with death , that of motion , travel , departure and movement . Both associations "good night and "go " imply activity beyond death . So the admonition "do not go " by implying stasis , begins the central tension of the poem , right from the title

Lines 2 and 3 extend the symbolism of death into a more complex series of associations , one which includes overtly negative evocation "Old age should burn and rave at close of day

Rage , rage against the dying of the light " Here death is symbolized by the "close of day " and as a "dying " light . The admonition to "not go becomes an impassioned verb "Rage , rage " and also "burn and rave Though not explicitly stated , the connotation is that life day , so death night . By all logic night and day follow one another , of course so life beyond death is implied in Thomas ' symbolic associations with death

Further symbolic association with death is made by Thomas use of blindness and sight to differentiate between the dead and the living "Grave men , near death , who see with blinding sight / Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay " and again there is good reason to read sight and blindness as interchangeable states , with Thomas so implying that life and death are the same . Meanwhile , with each refrain of the poem...

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