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"Do not go gentle into that good night" TPCASTT analysis

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Raelyn O'Dell

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"Do not go gentle into that good night" TPCASTT and Thorough Method Analysis
A poem about how you probably shouldn't die
Its over, we reached the end, go home!! :)
Just kidding here's a quick Works Cited:
P: Paraphrase
The speaker of this poem is speaking about the topic of death. They restate themselves several times that one should not accept death and instead continue living their lives fully until the very end. Towards the end the reader learns that the message has a personal connection, the speaker is addressing their father. He admits that death is inevitable, but this is no excuse to accept it.
A: Attitude
The attitude of the speaker throughout the poem is solemn yet urgent. He starts of immediately addressing someone as to prevent them from dying. Referencing sad events in which a party dying has been full of regret, he finally addresses his father directly in an urgent tone as if to cling to life for a bit longer.
C: Connotations
Repeated rhyme structure; "Rage, rage against the dying of the light // Do not go gentle into that good night"(lines 3 and 6).
Metaphor of death as "dying of the light" and "that good night."
Paradox: "Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight, Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage rage against the dying of the light"(lines 13-15).
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
The Poem Itself
The title is "Do not go gentle into that good night," and in a literal sense this could mean the speaker is asking or telling someone not leave. This could also be a metaphor for something bigger that the speaker is asking.
T: Title
S: Shift
This poem experiences two small shifts both at its beginning and its end. The first three lines are an introduction address to the unknown subject the speaker is referring to and merely states that "old age should burn and rave at close of day," essentially meaning "Don't die, okay?" From here, the speaker launches into examples of people who died unhappy with how they left the world and how little their words affected their surroundings. Finally, at the last four lines, or lines 16 through 19, the speaker shifts to address the father directly and tells him not to die, though with the context of the poem this is understood that he should not die regretting the things he didn't say and do during life, or at least to make a difference in the world while he remains on it.
T: Title (Again)
With the context of the poem being a speaker addressing his dying father to not die without making a difference, it is possible to reinterpret the meaning of the title, "Do not go gentle into that good night," to be that of a completely metaphorical definition. The "good night" is a metaphor for death in the poem, and the speaker urges his father not to go "gentle," or more descriptively without meaning, into it.
T: Theme
With the many metaphors for death and the repetitious rhyming format it is clear that the speaker is urgently attempting to persuade his father not to die without making a difference first. These connotations help support the overall theme that if one's words truly made a difference in life, then dying is but a happy adventure.
Yahoo its over, right?!? Just kidding there's a whole thorough method writeup about this poem too! More death!!!!!!!!!!
Good night
Dying of the light
"B" sound (blinding, blind, blaze, bright, bay)
Good night, Close of day, Dying of the light, Dark, death -
Names for Death
I, Men, You, My father -
Names of the Poem's Subjects

Burn and Rave // Dying of the Light
Frail Deeds // Danced
Blinding // Sight
Words had Forked no Lightning, Wild Men // Gentle
There aren't really any anomalies in this poem
Most important Repetitions/Strands/Binaries:
Good Night
Dying of the Light

Burn and Rave // Dying of the Light
Blinding // Sight
Good night, Close of day, Dying of the light, Dark, Death - Names for Death
The author is making a statement, specifically to his father but also in general, that while death is nothing to fear, it is more prudent to die after having made a difference, especially with one's words. He references death several times using a variety of metaphors such as "dying of the light" and "close of day" to show that death is final and it is important to leave a mark while on the earth. His repetitions and strands of death emphasize the importance of making an image out of oneself by putting it in negative connotations. He makes examples out of other men in a general sense and how discontent they are on their deathbeds due to the little effect their words had in their lives. These repetitious illustrations set an ominous tone in the final stanza when he urges his father to not die just settling for the things he had done in life if they had little to no effect. The speaker uses subtle binaries of life and death to effectively portray to his father the importance behind making a figure out of oneself before the inevitable demise of death. The overall message sent by the methods employed from the author is that death is but another happy adventure into the light if one's words made a real difference in life.
1. What does the repetition of the "B" sound in stanzas 3 and 5 mean to the rest of the poem or about death?
2. What was the authors purpose in only using the word "death" once while it is implied in the rest of the poem?
3. Why is making a difference with one's words so important to the author?
Thomas, Dylan. "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night." Literature & Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking. By Carol Jago. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. 926-27. Print.
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