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In Thomas Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night he depicts the inevitability of death through repetition and diction Furthermore he portrays the stages of mans life in his comparison to good men wild men and grave men Finally Thomas medium of poetic expression presents itself in the villanelle The villanelles persona speaks in this poem as the son of a dying father Line sixteen states And you my father and this proves the speakers persona The old man at his deathbed receives encouragement with pleads from his son to hold on to life In the last stanza the son as well as the father accepts death as merely a part of living Furthermore the repetitious last lines serve to strengthen the speakers thoughts In the first third and fifth stanzas the last lines match each other in the second and fourth stanzas the final lines match The final stanza combines the last lines from the odd and even-numbered stanzas for an additional line This portrays the ongoing war between life and death The old man went back and forth between life and death as the stanzas last lines switched back and forth In the end the two last lines join together as the old man and his son accept that death is a part of life Next the references to good men wild men and grave men display the three basic stages of life birth life and death In stanza three the stanza pertaining to good men the portion the last wave by depicts the old mans generation as fewer and fewer still live The color symbolism of the green bay lets us know that the speaker refers to the young and new generation of yesterday Stanza fours reference to wild men concerns the living part of life It reveals the fact that men often learn too late to change their actions The fifth stanza depicts the dying part
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