Good Night Diction

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Dylan Thomas was born in Wales in 1914, the year the First World War started. The events of the two wars strongly influenced his writings and his first book of poetry made him famous at the age of twenty. His Father was a great inspiration to his writing and was the main reason for writing, by far, his most famous poem “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”. He was a passionate and lyrical writer who passed away before his time and is still relevant today. In “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” Thomas uses Diction, Examples of dying men, and his own personal experience to convey a sense of defiance and perseverance. Thomas uses diction to help create the tone of this poem. Even though it sometimes looks like the word choice is Random he…show more content…
First, there are the “Wise Men” (Napierkowski pg. 52). These men are “Scholars” and “Philosophers” who, because of their intellect, must accept the inevitability of death. But, Thomas points out that their knowledge has not prepared them to accept the reality of death. (Napierkowski pg. 52) Scholars are known by their words, and Thomas leaves line five in mid-thought, to show that these men have words and ideas left unspoken, so their goals have not yet been accomplished. (Napierkowski pg. 52) The next type of old, dying men Thomas talks about is the “Good Men”. These men are known to have lived worthy, acceptable lives and, like the wise men, not accomplished what they wished to in life. They do not stand out, and are weak and not daring. (Napierkowski pg. 52) Next, are the “Wild Men”. These are the people who live a dangerous and thrilling life. They stand out and are daring. Though they have lived life to the fullest, they too are not ready for death and have left things undone. Lastly there are the “Grave men”. Unlike the others, they are prepared for death. They accept death as a part of life, and are ready and even excited for the aspect of death. (Napierkowski pg. 52) The last example is also a reference to his own father’s
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