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This is a poem about the joy and sadness that comes with the flash of burning life soon blown out with nothing more then a sigh It focuses on the sadness as those we care for go far too gently into that good night Of those who left before their time As this poem was written specifically for Thomass dying father it is even more poignant in the This poem radiates with intensity in particular the verse beginning wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight is simply beautiful poetry Addressed to the poets father as he approaches blindness and death The relevant aspect of the relationship was Thomass profound respect for his father tall and strong in Thomass passionate mind but now tamed by illness and the passing of time The acceptance of death and a peaceful rest afterwards are pushed aside in favor of an ungentle rage so blind it almost mirrors the vigor of childhood frustration at the nature of things we are powerless to change Further more the poem speaks as much of the loss of love and the feelings of one left behind as of death itself The meaning of the poem stays shrouded in metaphors like the references to night as good He acknowledged his father stood somewhere he had not and perhaps saw what he could not Thomas was not ready to let go of such an important part of his life even though his father was facing an irreversible course and Thomass grief was perhaps all the greater His statement of this love and grief remain touching Perhaps the feelings of his fading father should have been more important than his own rage These emotion seem to run unchallenged throughout the poem even though the style beckons structure and discipline within the theme of night and lightIn the tercets Thomas gives examples of men who meet death differently yet alike The first are wise men
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