Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

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Discuss "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas as an elegy.

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An elegy mourns or laments death or a sad event. Dylan's elegy, addressed to his dying father, is written not, however, simply to remember and celebrate him, but to encourage his father very strongly to fight against death. Significantly, it is composed before his father dies, and thus is a poem of encouragement as well as of lament.

Unlike the typical elegy, this poem does not try to promote acceptance of the inevitability of dying. Instead, the speaker very passionately urges his father to become angry instead of gently passing into "that good night," by which the speaker means death. He speaks ironically, because he does not believe death is "good." He cries out to his father to bless him or curse him but to try to stay alive...

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