Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night eNotes Reading Response Prompts
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What three metaphors for death are found in the stanza? How do they associate death with darkness?
Based on the first stanza, how does Thomas seem to feel about his father? Why do you think so?
How do you view death? When people reach the end of their lives, should they accept that they are dying, or should they hold on to life as long as possible? Why do you think so?
Describe how the sun appears to move in the sky each day. What does the sun’s being “in flight” suggest about the passage of time?
Thomas speaks of “grave men” who are “near death.” Describe how the word “grave” can be interpreted as having a double meaning.
Explain how the six stanzas of the poem are organized in a three-part structure of introduction, argument, and conclusion. What is the main idea in the introduction and in the conclusion? Which stanzas make up the poem’s argument?
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