Poetry Analysis Sample
Poetry Analysis Template
Name: Mr. Williams
Group Theme: Aging
Name of poem: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Name of poet: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas watched his father grow old and weak. Thomas wrote this
Poem to urge his father on in the fight against sickness and death.
Ironically, Thomas himself lived a hard, reckless life full of excess drinking.
Thomas died just two years after this poem was written, in 1953 at the age
Form of poem:
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is a type of poem called a villanelle.
As in all villanelles, this poem has six stanzas. Each of he first five stanzas
has three lines, while the final stanza has four lines.
In addition, the first and third line of the first stanza must be repeated in
Other stanzas. Line one of the first stanza is repeated as line three of the
second, fourth and sixth stanzas. Line three of the first stanza is repeated
As line three of the third and fifth stanzas, and line four of the sixth stanza.
This common pattern is what makes a poem a villanelle.
The rhyme scheme in each stanza is ABA except for the final stanza, which
The poem basically urges people not to give up easily. Though death is
inevitable, and part of the natural cycle of life, people need to fight, claw,
scrape and do whatever must be done to stay alive – especially in the face
Of impending death.
How the poem
relates to life in
The poem suggests that life is a precious gift and one must wring every
drop out of it before dying. Not living life fully makes death a sad event.
On the other hand, living a full, meaningful life allows one to find that
eventual “good night” – a peaceful afterlife. This makes the poem a
reminder to everyone to live every day to its fullest potential.
The poem relates to my life because it is a reminder never to give up. I am
not facing death right now, nor is anyone close to me, but still have other
challenges to face. This poem is a reminder to “rage” against defeat, and to
never stop doing my best.
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