In this essay you explore how the poets use of poetic techniques conveys the messages of the poem.

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"Do not go Gentile into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas was a poem that made me think about death in a different way, in particular that we shouldn't just accept death, but try and resist it. The poem is about a man trying to tell his dying father not to die up and die, but to get up and fight to live. The son also shows his father different ways in which other men have resisted death. The poet's use of metaphors, similes, oxymoron, personification, symbolism and the unusual form of the poem all helped me to see death in a different light.

The first thing that helped me to think about death in a different light was the poet's use of metaphors. In stanza one it says,

"Though wise men at their end know dark is right

Because their words had forked no lightning"

This metaphor shows us how wise men cope with death.

It shows us that when they know they are dying, they think, even though what they have said in the past has made no impact on the world they still don't want to give up on life.

Another successful metaphor was in stanza three.

"Good men, the last wave by, crying how bight

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay"

This metaphor shows us how good men resist death. It shows that when good men know they are dying they think that even though all of the good things they have done could have been so much better, they still fight death and try to live.

The poet's use of similes also helps me to see death in a different light. In stanza five it says,

"Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay"

Telling us that even if we...