Unfortunately, he indulged in it recklessly, drinking heavily, and died a year after the poem was published, in 1952.
In 1951, he wrote “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, ” one of his most popular poems.
He addressed it to his octogenarian father, whose eyesight and general health were failing.
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The poem ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ is in the form of a Villanelle, six stanzas with a simple rhyme scheme along with a complex message of the poem.
Here is the pattern: Line 1 of the first stanza is repeated as line 3 of the second stanza, as line 3 of the fourth stanza, and as line 3 of the sixth stanza.
Line 3 of the first stanza is repeated as line 3 of the third stanza, line 3 of the fifth stanza, and line 4 of the sixth stanza.In meteorology, "forked lightning" describes a lightning strike that divides into two or more branches resembling the roots of a plant—or, metaphorically, a fork.A common cause of the phenomenon is a second bolt that follows the path of the first bolt, then diverts away from it.Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was born in Swansea, Wales.There, he attended a school where his father taught English.‘Good Night’ implies a farewell which may be temporary or permanent, in this case it refers to death.‘Rave’ and ‘Rage’ are the words used in the poem which urges for the revival of the father.The poem urges his father to fight against death—to "burn and rave at close of day"—rather than surrendering meekly to it.The poet himself certainly burned with zest for life.Even at the end of life, the poem advises, one should attempt to "burn" with life, to "rage against the dying of the light.": go, good (first stanza); though, their (second stanza); deeds, danced (third stanza) sang, sun (fourth stanza); learn, late (fourth stanza); see, sight (fifth stanza); blinding, blind, blaze (fifth stanza).Note: Go and gentle do not alliterate; they have different consonant sounds.forked no lightning: failed to command attention; failed to express a startling or revolutionary concept.