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Lee Wei Sheng 4P2

Lee Wei Sheng 4P2



Literature Home Based Learning

Literature Home Based Learning

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

Lee Wei Sheng 4P2 (Pure Literature)



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    • Lee Wei Sheng (12) 4P2
      • Poem Analysed: Do not go gently into that Good Night
    • Part 1: Pre-Reflection
      • ‘‘ the sound should seem an echo of the sense”
      • Personally, I feel that ‘sense’ refers to a feeling.
      • My understanding of his quote is that through the usage of certain words in a poem or a sentence, it can bring out a certain impression of a ‘sound’ that can evoke feelings within us.
    • Rhyme
      • 1. Sugar and Spice and everything nice! -It is a syllabic rhyme since ‘spice’ and ‘nice’ have the last syllabus of ‘ice’.
      • 2. Flower power. -It is also another example of a syllabic rhyme because both words contain the last syllabus of ‘wer’.
    • Rhythm
      • ‘ Thirty days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except February alone which has 28 days clear, and 29 in each leap year'.
      • ‘ Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.’
      • There are regular shifts from heavily stressed to less stressed syllabus.
    • Assonance
      • "If I bleat when I speak it's because I just got . . . fleeced."
      • There is a repetition of similar vowels such as ‘eat’ and ‘eak’ and ‘eced’.
      • "Those images that yet, fresh images beget, that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea."
      • There is also a repetition of similar ending vowels such as ‘yet’ and ‘get’.
    • Consonance
      • ‘ Rap rejects my tape deck, ejects projectile, whether Jew or Gentile, I rank top percentile.’
      • There is a repetition of the final consonant sounds of ‘ile’.
      • Great, or good, or kind, or fair, I will ne'er the more despair;
      • Once again, the repetition of the consonant sounds of ‘air’ between the words ‘fair’ and ‘despair’ contribute to consonance.
    • Onomatopoeia
      • "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is."
      • The usage of the word ‘plop’ imitates that of an object being dropped in water. In addition, the word ‘fizz’ brings to mind something that is dissolving with effervescence within water. Thus, this sentence uses onomatopoeia as it uses words to imitate sounds.
      • "Klunk! Klick! Every trip"
      • This sentence, used in a UK advertisement for road safety, uses onomatopoeia to imitate the sounds of a seat belt being fastened.
    • Part 2
      • Poem Analysis of ‘Do not go Gentle into that Good Night’
    • 1 st Paragraph
      • In ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’, the poet writes about the idea of death, and what dying men should do in their last moments. He does this through the frequent usage of imagery, illustrating to the readers the final moments of various people’s lives, and what they should do in these moments.
    • 2 nd Paragraph
      • The writer creates the impression that we should not let death take control over us, and that we should fight even in the very last moments of our lives. This is evident from how the poet writes, ‘ Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ From this, we can see that the writer wants us to fight death in its face. The thought of ‘Rage’ and its fury against the ‘dying of the light’ tells us of how we should cling on to every opportunity to live, or die fighting. No one should let life slip easily away from their hands.
    • 3 rd Paragraph
      • In the next stanza, the writer states that ‘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.’ Through the usage of enjambment, the poet speaks of how even ‘wise men’ who have had little impact on the world, still fight for their lives in the face of death. Once again, he sends out an appeal, probably to his dying father, of the absolute need to take control of death, and even though one knows that death is inevitable, not let it get away easily.
    • 4 th Paragraph
      • In the third stanza, the poet once again brings up another type of men, the ‘Good men’. He states that ‘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.’ The imagery used to create a scene of sunset, representative of the arrival of death, where the souls of these ‘good men’ wave by while ‘crying’ is certainly a sorry sight. Much more when they themselves realize that their ‘deeds’ have been ‘frail’ and like the wise men, have had little impact on the world and society. However, the poet writes that they continue to ‘rage against the dying of the night.’ Thus, the importance of one wrestling with death in his final hours is once again brought up by the poet, as he emphasizes on it.
    • 5 th Paragraph
      • In the next two stanzas, the poet writes of ‘wild men’ and ‘grave men’ who, like others, did not ‘go gentle into that good night’ and ‘raged against the dying of the light.’ Similarly, both these types of men had little left to fight for in their lives, but yet, by using them as an example, the writer hoped to once again re-emphasize why our lives were worth fighting every moment for. The image created of the ‘grave men’ on the brink of death with ‘blind eyes that could blaze like meteors and be gay’ fighting for the lives provides inspiration for the readers and audience. If they found their lives worth fighting every bit for, why then, do we not deem ours? The prominent usage of imagery thus helps to create an impact for the poet in these lines that hopefully, would leave the readers convinced to fight for their lives when their time has come.
    • 6 th Paragraph
      • In the final stanza, the writer pulls the whole poem back in line with his original intentions, to convince his dying father of the need to fight for survival. ‘And you, my father, there on the 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’. Here, the writer creates an oxymoron by asking his father to "Curse" but also to "bless" him. The juxtaposition of these two words together, separated but also joined by a comma, implies that they can be thought of as opposites, but also as, in some strange way, the same thing. In addition, the usage of the strong sounding words of ‘curse, bless’ and ‘rage, rage’ creates a certain intense rhythm to the poem. This stanza therefore acts as a re-emphasizing on the poet’s heartfelt desire for his father to continue fighting. He calls for his father to cry passionate and ‘fierce’ tears that would act as both a ‘blessing and a curse’. His father must fight for life. The poet then ends the poem with the sentence repeated throughout the whole of the poem. ‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’. The repetition of the words ‘rage, rage’ re-emphasizes the fury that one, in this case, his father, should adopt in the final moments of his life. One must beat death, or die trying.
    • Part 4
      • Poem that relies heavily on sound: Johnny Goes to War by William Thomas Dodd
      • Poem that does not rely on sound: The Dance of Death by Charles Baudelaire
    • Personal Reflections
      • Personally, I prefer visual poetic devices, as I feel that nothing compares to that raw image that is formed in one’s mind of a certain setting or situation within a poem. To me, the greatest impact that a poet can make is through the creation of some sort of imagery within the reader’s mind. Only by what I see can I fully understand what is going on. From what is seen, one can infer what can be heard. But from what one hears, it is not always that one can ‘see’.
    • Continued
      • As seen from The Dance of Death, the poet uses a large amount of imagery to create the image within the reader’s mind of the fearful images of death. How death mocks you and your life. ‘Are made of shade and void; with flowery sprays, her skull is wreathed artistically, and sways, feeble and weak, on her frail vertebrae.’ This is one such example from the poem. The image created by the author through the usage of the word ‘skull’ and ‘feeble and weak’ creates a very bleak atmosphere within the reader’s minds. The skull also symbolizes death itself.
    • Continued
      • Understandably, though, poems that rely on sounds can also create an impact on the reader. One example from the above poem ‘Tatter-Tatter-Tatter-Natter, listen to machine-gun clatter, splitter-splatter, splitter-splatter; another life it doesn’t matter.’ The usage of onomatopoeia to bring out the sound heard when machine guns are fired and when blood spurts out from the victim also creates a large impact on the reader. In conclusion, I believe that although sounds in poems can help to convey a certain message, it is much easier to interpret the message visually.
      • End