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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night was written specifically for Thomass dying father it is even more poignant in the emotional weight the words convey This poem radiates with intensity in particular the verse beginning wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight is simply beautiful poetry 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 light Though the theme is paradoxical it declares to all Live your life while you are actually dying Do not accept death passively Live intensely and resist death passionately All the beautifully contrasting metaphors where Thomass way of gracefully asking his father not to leave him alone in the dark
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