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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

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Transcript of Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"
Dylan Thomas

Modernism
Movement away from 19th century Realism
Rebellion against all that is normative
Incorporates irony
Response to changing world
Poem Overview
Published in 1951 in collection of poems-
Death and Entrances
Response to father's cancer diagnosis
Villanelle
Dylan Thomas
Welsh poet and writer
Born in 1914
Father attained worked as an English teacher at a local grammar school
Part of Modernist movement
Considered too frail to serve in WWII
Alcoholic
Considered a model for the "New Apocalypse movement"
Elements of Modernism in Poem
Departure from past poetic forms
Villanelle
Complex French poetic form
19 lines
5 tercets followed by 1 quatrain
2 refrains
2 repeating end rhymes
Rejection of Normality
Urges father and all of mankind to rage against death
Contradicts the traditional belief that people should accept death and die peacefully
Characterizes men that must rage against death in each stanza
Incorporation of Irony
Irony between structure of poem and its message
"Good night" is used to characterize death
Repetition of refrains convey grief and helplessness against nature
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