Dylan Thomas on Empathy and Twilight


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Dylan Thomas on Empathy and Twilight
Dylan Thomas’ 1951 poem “Do not go gentle into that good night is a poem about death. It is more specifically about the death of the poet’s father, who cursed his son that last time he saw him. The poem shows the older man being as if furious at death. The poet seems to transfer his father’s anger from himself to his own demise. In this poem, an important feeling is that it is nobler and manlier to resist death. The poet connects the desire to resist death with the more fundamental, wild or primeval man. The complex web of manly aspiration to resist death in one’s dwindling years by becoming a more primitive version of one’s self is played out by the poet with metaphor, structure and point of view....
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Maud, Ralph. Where have the old words got me? London: Cromwell Press, 1992. http://books.google.ca/books?id=9cvNjSGLtkkC&pg=PA76&dq=%22Do+Not+Go+Gentle+Into+That+Good+Night%22+by+Dylan+Thomas&hl=en&ei=A7AQTsHIE6PW0QGnxISRCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-thumbnail&resnum=3&ved=0CDkQ6wEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22Do%20Not%20Go%20Gentle%20Into%20That%20Good%20Night%22%20by%20Dylan%20Thomas&f=false.
Thomas, Dylan. “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Bigeye.com. 1951. (Retrieved 3 June 2011). http://www.bigeye.com/donotgo.htm.