A Plea to the Father Analytical Essay by Moshe

A Plea to the Father
A look at Dylan Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" as a cry for his father to struggle against death.
# 16534 | 1,003 words | 2 sources | MLA | 1992 | IL
Published on Jan 24, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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The paper examines "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night" by poet Dylan Thomas. The paper considers how both the symbolic and structural combine in the poet's deathbed plea to his father to struggle against succumbing to death and to to show some spirit and fight instead. The paper discusses how this plea of Thomas to his father is in fact a son's cry for acknowledgment from his parent; a theme borne out throughout the poem.

From the Paper:

""Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" is logically structured in the form of an argument. The poet submits an idea that one should not simply accept death passively, but rather, despite its inevitability, should struggle against it. He supports this argument by bringing examples of other men who feel that their achievements fell short of what they could have been, and, realizing this, they "do not go gently Into that good night", but rather they "rage against the dying of the light". In light of this, he entreats his father to display some emotion, some spirit, rather than remaining aloof and detached "there on the sad height"."

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