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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

What is the tone of "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night"? I need to know how the tone relates to the speaker's...

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Latest answer posted July 31, 2011 8:42 pm UTC

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Tone

Tone and mood are often confusing terms. Tone is the author's attitude toward the work; we can used words like positive, negative, sarcastic, critical, and sympathetic, for example,to describe...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2008 7:15 am UTC

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In "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night," what effect do the repetitions create?

Dylan Thomas repeats alternating lines at the end of each stanza; they are "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" and "Do not go gentle into that good night." Both lines are imperatives that...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 9:22 pm UTC

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Where and how is imagery used in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"?  Any metaphors?

Thomas seems to use imagery and metaphors, often at the same time, in order to dramatize and to make concrete something that feels so abstract and unknowable: death. Evidently, the speaker's father...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 6:44 pm UTC

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How does Dylan Thomas express a paradoxical view of death in his poem, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"?

In "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," Thomas presents death as something that is "good" and "right" but nonetheless urges that one who is close to death should fight against it. The paradox...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 9:43 am UTC

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What do "night" and "light" represent in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"? What clues do you use?

Night represents death, or dying. The poem is written about Dylan Thomas's father, who is dying at the time, and the opening line implores him to "not go gentle into that good night", or to not...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009 12:38 am UTC

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In "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," what is meant by "their words had forked no lightning"? Why should those...

This phrase refers to wise men who had no recognition or glory for their wisdom or words. They went through life and didn't make much of an impression, they didn't "fork lightning" in their...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2009 6:59 am UTC

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Where are some examples of consonance, allusion, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and personification, in "Do not go gentle...

Consonance, as the name implies, is an effect where consonant sounds are repeated. While alliteration—the repetition of the same consonant at the start of a word—is a type of consonance, consonance...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 3:50 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the four categories of men present in "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."

First, the speaker describes the wise men who "at their end know dark is right." They are wise and so they recognize that death is normal and natural, but "Because their words had forked no...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 3:17 pm UTC

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What connotation is used in the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night"?

There are other connotations in this wonderful poem, and I will list a few. First, a connotation is the implied or underlying meaning of a word or phrase. Basically, a word or phrase can have both...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 8:16 pm UTC

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What are examples of consonance and assonance in lines 1 and 2 of "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"?

Consonance occurs in poetry when the poet uses the same consonant sound repeatedly, often on stressed syllables and at word ends. In line one, Dylan Thomas uses a repeated "t" sound in not, gentle,...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 11:53 pm UTC

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When is there a shift in the poet's experience in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"?

As Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" exhorts all who face death to not passively acquiesce to its "close of day," the address becomes personal in the final stanza. For, in...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

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In Dylan Thomas's poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," what effect does the repetition of "Do not go gentle...

In this villanelle by Dylan Thomas, the final line of each three-line stanza alternates between "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" and "Do not go gentle into that good night." The first...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 5:25 am UTC

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How the author uses metaphor and simile in his poem to create his theme?

The theme of this poem is that all people--he wise, the good, the wild, the serious--fight against death when they approach it. Perhaps it is even, then, human nature to do so, since all kinds of...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018 12:28 pm UTC

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What's the difference between "Gentle" and "Gently"?

Dylan Thomas’s choosing “gentle” instead of “gently” in crafting one of the two refrains in the poem often receives the attention of those who engage in literary analysis of the work. Since diction...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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How can I come up with a working thesis on the Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"?

You could certainly address the fact that the speaker uses myriad types of men to prove to his father that everyone, no matter how wise they are or how well they've lived, fights death in the end;...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 5:18 pm UTC

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What do the words "good night" denote?

The term "good night" in this poem is a euphemism for death. In this passionate and heartfelt poem, Thomas urges his father to fight against dying. While other poems might recommend people to...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018 4:38 am UTC

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How can I analyze the poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas? What are the attitude, theme, and...

In analyzing the poem Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, you must consider that the poem's overall statement is that people should battle death. Because the author wants his father to hold off...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016 4:51 am UTC

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What is the mood in the poem "Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas? I have to write an essay...

Both are great poems and this sounds like an excellent assignment. I would say that the tone in "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" is a mixture of somber desperation. The speaker accepts that...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 4:12 am UTC

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What symbols are in the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"?

Symbols are normally things that can be detected by any of our five senses. What they symbolize is almost always an abstract idea that is relevant to the story or poem. Consider these: night light...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2009 3:34 am UTC

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Who is the speaker in "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night?  

The speaker in Dylan Thomas's famous poem reveals very little about him or herself. Throughout the poem, the speaker is exhorting those in "old age" to "rage" against the inevitability of death....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 8:18 pm UTC

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How do you describe the character(s) in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," with textual support.

There are two characters in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, the speaker and the dying man. The speaker is the son and the dying man is his father ("And you, my father,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2011 6:49 am UTC

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1 Who is speaking? 2 What kind of person is he or she? in what mood? thinking what thoughts?feeling what emotions?...

A poet whose words burst from the page in linguistic exuberance, Dylan Thomas writes in the form of a rhythmic villanelle a moving plea to his dying father, imploring him to affirm life until the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2014 6:27 am UTC

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In the text "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" what do the "wise" men realize before they die? How is death...

According to Dylan Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," wise men, when they reach the end of their lives, "know dark is right." This suggests that they realize that the time has...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 3:38 am UTC

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How does the connotation and denotation of certain words affect Dylan Thomas's poem, "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good...

I want to unpack the phrase "good night" further, as it is very important in this poem. As the previous response mentions, "good night" connotes death and dying. "Night" makes sense here—death and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 1:50 pm UTC

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In "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night", what feelings does the poet reveal about his father's death?  

In Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" was written about his father. His father was a strong military man for most of his life. It was not until he reached his eighties...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2008 12:33 am UTC

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Who does the poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" address? What is the speaker saying?

The poem is addressed to the speaker's father. In the last stanza, the speaker says, "And you, my father, there on the sad height, / Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray" (lines...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 3:16 pm UTC

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What is the metrical pattern in "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"?

The poem is a villanelle, which has 19 lines; 5 tercets (3-line stanzas) and a concluding quatrain (4-line stanza). The tercets follow an ABA rhyme pattern: "Do not go gentle into that good...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2008 2:22 pm UTC

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How does the author of "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" convey his central message to the reader?

The central message in Dylan Thomas' poem is to fight death instead of accepting it peacefully or stoically. In the final stanza, we learn that the speaker is addressing his father who is dying. We...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009 5:02 pm UTC

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What are some examples of consonance in lines 1 and 2? What are examples of assonance in line 1 and 2?

Consonance can be seen in the repeated "g" sounds: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; G sounds are found in go, good, and age, and a different g...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2007 3:04 am UTC

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How does Thomas feel about his father's death in "Do not go gentle into that good night"?

Thomas gives the impression of being very close to his father, and so naturally he doesn't want him to die. That being the case, Thomas wants his father to fight against his imminent demise with...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2018 7:17 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the following quote from "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"? "Old age should burn and...

It is often helpful to look at such isolated quotes in the context in which they are presented. Doing this often yields clues that helps us to understand their meaning. Let us do this by...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2011 9:33 pm UTC

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In "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," what advice does the speaker offer his father?

There are two interpretations of the advice given his father in Dylan Thomas's poem, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night": The poet exhorts his father to "rage against the dying of the light"...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 10:33 am UTC

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In "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," who is the speaker addressing?

The speaker directly addresses his father in the last stanza of the poem. However, generally, he is addressing all men (and I do mean men, as I do not think that women figured in Thomas's...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016 10:44 pm UTC

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What is the moral of the poem?

Although death permeates every stanza of the poem like a shadow hovering over the poet and his father, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” concerns life and how it should be lived. Dylan Thomas...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Villanelles are sometimes criticized as elaborate exercises in trivial wordplay. How would you defend Thomas's poem...

I think that one of the absolute last words that anyone would use to describe this poem is trivial. Thomas has described what seems to be a universal phenomenon: a person's belief, when they are...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 5:14 pm UTC

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What imagery is in the two poems "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas and "When You Are Old" by...

As is true for all poets, the patterns of their relationships, beliefs, and loyalties are their poetic material. Certainly, the poems of the two Irish poets, "Do Not Go Gentle Into the Night," and...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012 4:21 am UTC

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What kind of strategies does Dylan Thomas employ to affect the reader in his poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good...

As you state in your question, Dylan Thomas, in his poem "Do Not Go Gently Into that Good Night," rejects the convential passive approach to death. One of the ways that Thomas emphasizes this point...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2010 10:37 am UTC

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How many poetic feet are there in Dylan Thomas's poem "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"?

Dylan Thomas's poem "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" is written in a poetry structure called a villanelle. In the Renaissance period, a villanella, called a villancico in Spanish and a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 4:09 am UTC

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Theme

Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into the Night" was written as a plea to his dying father, David John Thomas, an English grammar teacher who had a powerful influence in his life. Ironically,...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2010 5:34 am UTC

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Why did Dylan Thomas choose the title "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"?

This is an interesting question if properly examined because, while the simple answer is that actually Thomas didn't give his work this title, this leads us on to the broader topic of the lack of...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 9:38 am UTC

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Describe the theme in "Do not go gentle into that good night" with textual evidence to support and illustrate.

You are only allowed to ask one question rather than several on enotes. I have edited your question accordingly and will focus on the theme of this poem. I think the biggest theme that emerges from...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2011 6:29 pm UTC

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Please can you discuss the metre and rhythm in Dylan Thomas's 'Do not go Gentle into that Good Night'?  

The form that Dylan Thomas chose for the poem that admonishes his father to “rage against the dying of the light” is a villanelle: a nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2018 11:25 pm UTC

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"Do not go gentle into that good night" is a villanelle: a fixed form that originated with the French courtly poets...

The villanelle has a quite rigid structure of which the following are the rules: Firstly, the poem should consist of nineteen lines. This is made up of five stanzas of which each is a tercet (three...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 11:18 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019 3:44 pm UTC

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What are the different connotations of the word night in this poem? Also, how does the word compare to its use in the...

Both Dylan Thomas and Robert Frost were well-"acquainted with the night." Both poets experienced tragedies and the dark side of humanity; Thomas was an alcoholic and a drug abuser, while Frost was...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2009 1:57 pm UTC

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What regrets does each kind man have as he comes to the end of his life?

Wise men regret that "their words had forked no lightning," perhaps that their words never achieved the power the men wished them to. Since lightning is such a powerful force that creates a huge...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 5:38 pm UTC

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Discuss the poem "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas. 

Dylan Thomas wrote the poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” during the time his father was ill and dying. Critics believe that Thomas was trying to come to terms with the possibility of...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2012 11:26 pm UTC

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Is light or night a symbol or metaphor for death? That is all.

I edited your question because I was not sure if you were asking about "night" or "light" - so I'll describe both of them. The poem by Dylan Thomas begins: Do not go gentle into that good...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2010 7:05 am UTC

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According to Dylan Thomas in the poem, "Do No Go Gentle Into That Good Night," how should people behave when they are...

In the poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, the poet appears to suggest that people who are faced with death should rebel against this inevitable end. The poem focuses...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2013 3:25 am UTC

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