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BC: Bibliography n.p."Dylan Thomas - Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." The Big Eye. Web. 21 Mar.2012 n.p."Dylan Thomas and the Laugharne connection." Greathouselaugharne. Web. 21 Mar.2012 n.p."Dylan Thomas." The Big Eye. Web. 21 Mar. 2012 n.p."English 2750: Poetry and Song." Dylan Thomas: The Poet as Singer. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. n.p."Poetry at CDS." Poetry at CDS. Web. 21 Mar. 2012 n.p."Reading Frenzy." : Celebrate National Poetry Month: Dylan Thomas. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. n.p."World Biography." Dylan Thomas Biography. Web. 21 Mar. 2012.

FC: Dylan Thomas

1: The life of Dylan Thomas

2: He was born on October 27, 1914 in Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Wales He died on November 9, 1953 New York, New York

3: His father, David John, was an English teacher and a would-be poet from whom Dylan inherited his intellectual and literary abilities. From his mother, Florence, a simple and religious woman, Dylan inherited his mood, temperament, and respect for his Celtic heritage. He had one older sister, Nancy.

4: He attended the Swansea Grammar School, where he received all of his formal education. As a student he made contributions to the school magazine and was keenly interested in local folklore (stories passed down within a culture).

5: After leaving school, Thomas supported himself as an actor, reporter, reviewer, scriptwriter, and with various odd jobs. When he was twenty-two years old, he married Caitlin Macnamara, by whom he had two sons, Llewelyn and Colm, and a daughter, Aeron

6: Thomas claimed that his poetry was "the record of my individual struggle from darkness toward some measure of light. To be stripped of darkness is to be clean, to strip of darkness is to make clean." He also wrote that his poems "with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of man and in praise of God." Passionate and intense, vivid and violent, Thomas wrote that he became a poet because "I had fallen in love with words."

7: Thomas published his first book of poetry, Eighteen Poems in 1934. Others include: Twenty-five Poems The Map of Love The World I Breathe A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog Deaths and Entrances In Country Sleep Collected Poems


10: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

11: Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

12: Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

13: Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.

14: Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

15: And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

16: Summary of stylistic devices: Metaphor Imagery Connotation Repetition Simile Alliteration

17: Brave New World Comparison: In Thomas' poem he is trying to convince men to go out with a bang and leave their mark on society. In Brave New World, John and Bernard are trying to change society, but instead Bernard ends up turning John into a tourist attraction. When John gets consumed by the Soma, he ends up doing things that he regrets and commits suicide. Thomas is trying to prevent this kind of tragedy with his poem, saying that instead of just giving in and giving up he wants man kind to actually achieve something great and not leave your mark on society before you die. In John and Bernard's case, neither of them actually achieved their goals. John ended up dying and Bernard got "dismissed" and shipped off to an island. Both to be soon forgotten.

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