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  4. Do not go gentle into that good night

The poet has used a number of metaphoric expressions for death and life. Dylan Thomas was a popular modern poet and author born at Swansea, Wales. He is regarded as the most famous Welsh poet and one of the most important English poets of the 20th century. Dylan started writing poetry when he was a teenager. Dylan gained immense popularity for his love of wordplay and for how he wrote about Wales.

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However, the poet struggled a lot with poverty and an unhappy marriage, fell prey to alcoholism and died a premature death at the age of Read more about him at Wikipedia. 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. In short, we should not accept death meekly but raise a war against it, put up a furious resistance to it. The first stanza is very important, for it introduces the main theme of the poem as well as the two recurring refrains in the first and the third lines.

Though all the three lines basically state the same thing, the tone gradually becomes harsher.

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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. But their wisdom has neither made death any easier nor prepared them to accept the reality of death easily their words had forked no lightning. So, they do not approach death in a gentle way. They also fight against death.

Besides the above explanation, it may also mean that the wise men could not see their words speeches, literary or creative works etc. So they want to live longer to see their words come true. 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. The good men are those who have done many things for the humankind and believe that they can change the world into a better living place.

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So they, when nearing death the last wave by , shout out crying that their failed deeds might have been successful might have danced , had they got some more time to live and some more opportunities in a green bay. So they also rage against the death and try to live longer. Here Dylan compares the last generation of good men to the last ocean wave which is about to hit the shore, i. Those men feel that their works would have been successful if they were in their youth by now.

So they wish to live some more time to see their hard work pay off. That is why they fight death. My point is that one should not take the last line of the tercet as an imperative sentence, but a part of the statement where the poet tries to support his idea.

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. Those people have spent their lives by wildly enjoying and celebrating caught and sang the mortal beauty of this life the sun in flight. They finally learn that they have wasted their precious time grieved it on its way , but it gets too late by then. That is why they want to stay here for some more time by putting up a fight against death. It is as if the wild men grieved the sun by wasting their time. 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.

It possibly mean serious people with great insight. Hence, they also rage against death. And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. I have a few others I could include in that group - war profiteers and the politicians who love them, etc. Thanks for your insights - I agree, to a large extent, with your view on energy transformations and the life cycle.

It's easy to get caught up with the ills of the world, but in the end, it is all illusion, as you say.

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I have a friend who went through this, her courage was uplifting and I only wish that I can live my life with as much dignity. Purchasing the book seems too little, so I shall be twittering and posting this everywhere as well. Rory, thanks so much for spreading the word. As you obviously know, nothing seems like enough Alexandra, I am so touched by this post.

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And I am in complete agreement with you about the whole illusion thing. I truly believe that's the case. I see unfair things happen to wonderful people all the time since the birth of my son who has a life-limited condition. There's no way to reason any of this out. I am off to buy the anthology today. I'd be happy to direct more traffic to your blog, as well. I so love that I found your blog a few weeks ago, and just want to let you know - this post?

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Well, I am buying Rage Against the Night. Enough said. Susan, thank you, and I can't begin to say how sorry I am about your son. You couldn't be more right that there's no way to reason this out. We all have a life-limited condition, don't we?

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