Presentation on theme: "By Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Dylan Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953 / Swansea / Wales) He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after."— Presentation transcript:
by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953 / Swansea / Wales) He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death in New York. In his later life he acquired a reputation, which he encouraged, as a "roistering, drunken and doomed poet". Thomas's themes are traditional—love, death, mutability—and over the years he seemed to pass from religious doubt to joyous faith in God.
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. The poem is talking about not giving up and dying but fighting for life instead. The poem is a basically a metaphor as a whole. Night is death and light is life. Basic enough. You should fight and push for every last breath
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. Death is a natural part of life Yet still we should struggle against it. Repetition of the title the "words" represent the actions, the speech, or maybe the artistic creation of intelligent people.
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 basic parts of this sentence are the subject, "Good men" (line 7), and the verb, "Rage" (line9). In the speaker's opinion, true goodness consists of fighting the inevitability of death with all your might: "Good men […] Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Next, Thomas adds an image of the ocean waves; the most recent generation of good men, the "last wave by" (line 7), are about to crash against the shore, or die. As they approach death, these men shout out how great their actions could've been if they'd been allowed to live longer.
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. The speaker describes another kind of men – those who don't allow themselves to fade quietly away into death, "Wild men" (line 10). Here the sun represents the beauty that exists in the mortal world, and its "flight" across the sky represents the lifespan of people living in this world. "Flight" also suggests that it moves rapidly – our lives are just the blink of an eye.
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. The speaker describes the way that "Grave men" fight their impending death.Notice the pun on "grave," which could either mean that the men are very serious, or that they are dying. These serious dying guys realize that, even though they are weak and losing their faculty of sight, they can still use what strength they have to rage against death. So, even though their eyes are going blind, these men can "see," metaphorically speaking, with an overwhelming certainty or "blinding sight," that they still have a lot of power over the wayt hey die, even if not the timing. Instead of getting snuffed like candles, they can "blaze like meteors" (line 14). They're planning to go out with a bang.
And you, my father, there on that 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 speaker begs his father to cry passionately, which will be both a blessing and a curse. After all, the father's death is heart-breaking. But if he battles against the odds, it might also be heroic. The speaker ends with the two lines that are repeated throughout the poem, asking or instructing his father not to submit to death – instead, he should rant and rave and fight it every step of the way.