Here is the pattern: Line 1 of the first stanza is repeated as line 3 of the second stanza, as line 3 of the fourth stanza, and as line 3 of the sixth stanza.Line 3 of the first stanza is repeated as line 3 of the third stanza, line 3 of the fifth stanza, and line 4 of the sixth stanza.
Here is the pattern: Line 1 of the first stanza is repeated as line 3 of the second stanza, as line 3 of the fourth stanza, and as line 3 of the sixth stanza.
The setting of the poem is that the poet ‘Dylan Thomas’ is sitting beside his father who is languishing on his death-bed and has been crest-fallen because of the approach of his death.
The poet gives examples of different types of men who did not submit passively in front of death.
The lines make use of metaphor comparing death to the darkness of nightfall and life to a bright sunny day.
The poem could be better understood by appreciating the symbols used by the poet.
Poems of Dylan Thomas, Copyright 1952, 1953 by Dylan Thomas.
Copyright 1937, 1945, 1955, 1962, 1966, 1967 by the Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas.
: Good men has the force of wise men in the previous stanza.
The message expressed in both stanzas is similar: Men facing death realize they could have done more and thus fight against the dying of the light.
Although he was a mediocre student, he became interested in writing and served on the staff of a school publication.
At seventeen, he accepted a job on a local newspaper and in 1934 moved to London, where he published his first collection of poems.