British Poetry. English III. Poetic Devices. Poetry is… Lullaby, nursery rhyme, favorite song, Shakespearian sonnet, limerick Poetry is different from prose in that it makes the usual new and interesting. Poets achieve this effect by using poetic devices.
There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,a
The earth, and every common sight b
To me did seem a
Apparelled in celestial light, b
The poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas explores the theme of fighting death by living life.
The repeated last lines of each stanza, “do not go gentle into that good night” and “rage, rage against the dying of the light”(lines 3,6,9,12,15,19) create the needed emphasis on resisting death, supporting Thomas’ theme. Also, these lines are metaphors for death (good night/dying of the light). This figurative language provides the needed contrast to death , supporting the theme of living life.
By using the style of villanelle, Thomas uses these key lines to provide emphasis through repetition, enforcing his theme of resisting death.