When approaching death, wise men are robust to rave against death since their knowledge and thoughts still remain. Until hollowing out what they totally contain, wise men know it is time to go into that good night, which refers to death. 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. (line 7-8, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night) In this stanza, Thomas puts forward a group of good men. In my mind, good men are responsible and reliable. Moreover, they prefer to devote their minds fully to what they are doing.
Obviously, this type of men is in the minority as the poem says “the last wave by,” (line 7) Perhaps Thomas alludes that his father is a good man and he deserves God’s blessing. Good men self-proclaim that their works are bright enough to dance in a green bay. “Green bay” probably refers to a high level. But they are crying because they do not get enough reputations and rewards corresponding to their efforts. However, good men do not reconcile to the adversity and they want to change the current situation. The date of death seems too early to them. They rage, rage against death. 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. (line 10-12, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night ) Wild men are another group of people who spend their time in vain. They spend the days just on hanging out and doing nothing useful in the sun without considering their own future and dream. Here “sun” is a metaphor for comfort and leisure. They waste time in entertainment and chasing worthless things which eventually come to nought. When death almost catches up with them, they realize the true meaning of life and grieve the days which are supposed to be meaningful.
... with your fierce tears, I pray do not go gentle into that good night rage rage against the dying of the light" Basically I thin ... in life, they don't accept death easily; they "Do not go gentle... ." Similarly, in stanza 3, good men exclaim what might have been, ... "green bay," and they therefore, "Rage, rage" against the oncoming of death. Likewise, in stanza 4, wild men whose antics seemed to shine as ...
The time left for them is limited. They strive for more time to set up an aim and enjoy the pleasure in the process of taking efforts. 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. (line 13-15, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night) Grave men are the last group of people that Thomas describes. They have difficulty in seeing. I notice that “blinding”, “blaze”, “blind” and “be” are the words all start with “b” sound. “B” sound let me think of the sound when plants or flowers are budding and volcanoes are erupting.
It is a sound with powerful, energetic and indomitable spirits. Even though lacking one of the abilities to sense the world, grave men are strongly willing to touch the world as if they never get enough. “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors” (line 14) This is a metaphor that means grave men never distinguish their hope and always hold a passionate attitude towards life. A disabled person still can fight against the doom. Why healthy people give in to death? In the last stanza, the poet points out that this poem is particularly written for his dying father. “Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. (line 17) In this sentence, “curse”, “bless”, “fierce” and “tears” all have the rhyme “s” which makes the tone soft-sounding. Thomas begs his father to die with anger, not humility. Whatever the ways, the curse or bless, the poet can bear it so long as his father not surrender to death. This poem is structured in a form called villanelle, which has 19 lines long, but only uses two rhymes. In this poem, “night”, “light”, “right”, “bright”, “flight”, “sight” and “sight” all end with “t” sound and “day”, “they”, “bay”, “way”, “gay” and “pray” all end with “ei” sound. The rhythm of this poem follows as “aba, aba, aba, aba, aba, abaa”.
Alden Anderson English 102 Summer '05 2: 15 Frost's Sense Robert Frost has a certain theory. That a sentence has an overall sound and that word may be taken out and the sound analyzed. The theory is Frost's "Sound of Sense." Or I like to say, that you may sense the sound of a sentence, with a simple little trick. Put your hand over your mouth and speak the sentence, pay attention to the muffled ...
Moreover, it is clear to see that first five stanzas are triples and last stanza is a quatrain, which is also another standard of villanelle. There are two refrains in the poem. “Do not go gentle into that good night. ” (line 1) is repeated in line 6, line 12 and line 18. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ” (line 3)is repeated in line 9, line 15 and line 19. Thomas urges his father to rage against a peaceful end and endeavor to resist his demise. He also emphasizes death is right. But we should make a stand for our life. Only in this way, can we say that we are content and not regret for our whole life when reminiscing it.