How does the structure and repetition help transform the meaning in each quatrain and the poem itself?

 Read and answer the question from the poem by Dylan Thomas “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

Dylan Thomas once professed that he wanted to be “the drunkest man in the world.” This is not sound advice. Mr. Thomas died after a drinking binge at NYC’s White Horse Tavern. Thomas was infamous for his drinking but lauded for his emotionally charged verse and dramatic readings. His most famous villanelle “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is often quoted in many contemporary films due to the inspiring last quatrain in which the speaker directly addresses his dying father.

Instructions:

First, read the poem and take notes as we did today.
Lastly, take notes on what you think about the author’s overarching sentiment toward life. living and dead. Think: What is the general emotion /tone of this piece? What type of men is being addressed in each quatrain? What comes to mind while reading? How does the structure and repetition help transform the meaning in each quatrain and the poem itself? Throughout the poem, the speaker refers to different types of men and how he feels about them as they approach the “close of day.” He uses images, metaphor, and symbolism to stress his ideas and his sentiments about death, life, and death. But in the last quatrain, the poem suddenly becomes intimately personal, and here, the repetition of the lines from the first stanza takes on new meaning. Explain why and what that new meaning could be.
For your assignment, list your responses, in an organized way, based on the questions I asked you to consider in the “Lastly” section. This could be in bullet form, but you should write clearly and use examples from the poem. Additionally, consider a final Reader Response aspect: Do you feel this poem is inspirational or depressing? Explain why? And provide one aspect of the poem that reached you personally in some way– this can be in the actual writing/form or in the sentiment/expression.

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How does the structure and repetition help transform the meaning in each quatrain and the poem itself

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