Dylan Thomas’s poem affected me the most out of all of the poems this week. The speaker is encouraging the old and dying to fight against death, or “that good night.” At the end of the poem, we learn why: the speaker’s father is dying, and he is imploring his father to fight back against death with everything he has. The idea of fighting against death goes against what culture has taught us; if you have lived a long, full life, then death should not seem like such a horrible thing. In a way, it makes the speaker seem selfish for wanting to keep his father alive even though it is his time to die.
For anyone who has experienced the death of someone close to them, though, this idea is not so foreign. You want that person to stay alive so badly because you cannot imagine life without them. You know that you have no control over if they live or die, though, so all you can do is tell them: “do not go gentle into that good night/ rage, rage against the dying of the light.”