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VERSES: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight  

Drew Schneider Class of 2014 OMFG we are the best class EVER!!!!!
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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 

 

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Poem Analysis

   Do not go gentle into that good night written by Dylan Thomas its a poem that is written as so to inspire thinking. Written shortly after the death of his father and most often it is thought of as the reason for the poem. Counter to the statement prior others believe that the poem was written about the changing habitat of the united states, after the start of the cold war. Well never mind for the reason to start writing in when in the end the reason for finishing it was the death of his father and he created what follows.

   The poem is written as a Villanelle, a nineteen line form of poetry. It is made up of five, three line stanzas and then one final four line stanza. The rhyme scheme is A-B-A for the first five stanzas and the last stanza is A-B-A-A. The last line of each stanza has a repetition form of A-B-A-B-A-A. A is the line “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” While B is “Do not go gentle into that good night.” During stanzas 2-5 the first two lines of each speaks on a different kind of man. Wise, good, wild, grave, and then the final stanza speaks of a man near death.

   Now remember how it was decided that the death of his father was the reason to finish the poem. Because of the prior we can view the poem as an honorarium to his father.  When speaking of wise men, the author was saying that while they are elderly don't let go of your youth, continue to think, learn, and challenge your mind. The third stanza speaks of good men, and it speaks to how the men close to death need push on and preserve their knowledge and legacy. Next comes the wild men, those men whose lives have gone by too fast. He tells them to slow down and look at the beauty they have missed out on. The final kind of man is the grave men near death, Thomas speaks of how even tho they are almost dead to be happy and to not let go. In the last stanza he pleads with whatever higher power he wants and begs the dying not to give up the fight, even at the the last breath, and before they die to forgive him for not being there for them. But in the end this poem is a mans response to the death of his father. And it is truly a honorable response.

 

Andrew O. Schneider

Andrew (Drew) O. Schneider is a member of the 2014 graduating class. Involved in Fall musical in 2012, 13 and the spring play in 2012, 13. Ran cross country in grades 10, 11, 12, played tennis 9, 10, 11, and was on the swim team in grade 12. Drew is a Triathlete and Duatholete, He also enjoys hiking, running, biking, camping, bouldering and scrambling, as well as anything out doors.

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