1. What image in the words “burn and rave” suggest? Why should someone “burn and rave at close of day?”
2. The word rage can mean “anger,” but it can also mean “passion”—an outpouring of feeling. How might Thomas have been using both meanings in the poem?
3. Though the wise men might “know” that it is time to die, the speaker says that they still fight death because “their words had forked no lightning.” What does this mean?
4. What images do you see in this stanza?
5. These good people cry “how bright their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay.” What does this mean?
6. What imagery do you see in this stanza?
7. How might these people have “sang the sun in flight” and then “grieved” it?
8. What imagery do you see in this stanza?
9. What images do you see in stanza 5?
10. Why do all these men not go gently into death?
11. What role do light and darkness play in the poem?
In the first stanza, burn and rave at the
close of day suggests that they should fight it with vigor and intensity. The
words “burn” and “rave” suggest an
uncontrolled, irrational response to imminent death, the incoherent expenditure
of useless energy directed at a hopeless goal.
1. It means to enjoy life fully as one's life is finite and soon enough everybody dies.
2. In the sense that one' life is coming to an end, so the person has to enjoy everything life has to give them until the end and at the same time one can get frustrated with the idea of coming to the end of their lives.
3. It means that mostly everybody does what they can do to extend their lives.
4. Maybe people who realize that they haven't lived fully and want somehow to doit now.
5. It means that their good deeds could have made their lifes easier.
6. Of furstrated people who regrets some things.
7. It means that they enjoyed everything they could but later on noticed that it cannot last forever.
8. People who enjoyed life to its fullest but then noticed that everything is futile.
9. A man who is in his deathbed and is getting some comfort as there is no escape from dying.
10. Because they want to live more, they want more life.
11. Light is life, as we see things because of light and darkness means death because we cannot see anything in the absence of light (darkness).
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The speaker addresses an unknown listener, telling him not to "go gentle into that good night."
At first this is a puzzling metaphor but, by the end of line 3, we realize that the speaker is using night as a metaphor for death: the span of one day could represent a man's lifetime, which makes the sunset his approaching demise.
"That good night" is renamed at the end of line 2 as the "close of day," and at the end of line 3 as "the dying of the light." It's probably not an accident that the metaphor for death keeps getting repeated at the end of the lines, either. Or that the two rhyming words that begin the poem are "night" and "day."
So what does the speaker want to tell us about death? Well, he thinks that old men shouldn't die peacefully or just slip easily away from this life. Instead, they should "burn and rave," struggling with a fiery intensity.