Analysis Of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

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In the imagery of Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” (2004, p. 738) and “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick (2004, p. 715-716) both authors use words to evoke a response from their readers. The son in “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, by Dylan Thomas opens with a battle cry that his father should “burn and rage” (Thomas, 2004, p. 738, line 2) against death. Using the symbolism of light as life and night as death, the son tries to rally his father to “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Thomas, 2004, p. 738, line 3), and fight death. Following with the second stanza, Thomas writes, “Wise men at their end know dark is right.” (2004, p. 738, line 4) wisdom comes from age and they both know they are powerless to prevent it. Still he asks his father to fight and go out in a blaze of glory. The fourth stanza draws a picture of “Wild men who caught and sang the sun in…show more content…
(Herrick, 2004, p. 715, line 5-8). The third stanza changes direction to address a human instead of nature. Herrick exemplifies hot-blooded youth as “best” (2004, p. 716, line 9), and middle and old age as, “worse, and worst” (2004, p.716, line11). The fifth and final stanza admonishes the Virgins the poem is addressed to, to go out of their comfort zone and get married while there is still time. Both Thomas and Harrick use imagery to elicit a response from their reader. While Thomas evokes feelings of sympathy toward the son’s imminent loss, Herrick warns the young women not to waste time. Thomas’s images paint a vignette of a son’s passionate plea to his father to fight death with everything he has. Herrick uses imagery to portray the passing of time, and counsels the young women he is speaking to not to wait until it is too late, “For having lost but once your prime, /you may for ever tarry” (2004, p. 716, line

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