In “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower” by Dylan Thomas, the speaker describes a mysterious force of nature that embodies life and death. Each stanza identifies the force in a different way, and through the the four figurative poetry elements of metaphor, paradox, imagery and diction, the poem reflects the relationship between humans and nature, and how signals of death are in attendance even when life is at its most vibrant. The poem explores the connection between humans and nature, and enforces the idea that youth and liveliness are destroyed as time progresses, and that death is inevitable.The speaker integrates the usage of metaphor into his poem in order to reflect the relationship between humans and nature, and their relation to the theme of life and death. The first stanza of the poem, states that “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower drives my green age.” This central metaphor drives the meaning of the poem as a whole. From this line, it can be noted that the “force” that “drives” nature is the force of vitality that drives the poet throughout the poem. The central metaphor is based on the use of the word “force,” and is the same force that establishes a relationship between the force of nature and the force of life that flows within humans. There is a strong implication of dawning death in the images of the poem.The speaker is aware that he will die naturally over time comparatively to the flowers and trees in nature. In this way, nature acts as a destroyer as well as a creator. The metaphorical force, which continues throughout the poem, is intended to generate a sense of the close relationship between nature and humankind. This is further emphasized when the poet says that the force “drives my green age,” because the color green is used to represent life, and by contradicting “green” with the aspect of “age,” it can be inferred that a correspondence exists between the characteristics of nature and human life. Several other metaphors can be found in this poem, particularly references of time. Time has been compared to the abstract “force that drives my green age.” This metaphor is so vibrant that both the creative, and destructive qualities of time are vividly depicted in one mention, which also implies the unity of creation and destruction. The lines “my youth is bent by the same wintry fever” and “how at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks” are another two metaphorical pronouncements of time that contain two terms that are normally considered as opposites. “Wintry fever” creates a serious and supernatural quality on time while the “same mouth sucks” gives it a vampiric like quality as the force sucks life away. Another metaphor can be seen in the line “hauls my shroud sail.” The boat has a “shroud sail,” and a shroud is the cloth used to wrap a dead body, so this line showcases the unavoidable trek towards death that all life leads to. The usage of metaphor within the poem showcases the relationship between humans and nature, and their relation to the theme of life and deathThomas also utilizes paradox to effectively describe that creation and destruction are part of the same process, and that the power of nature also causes the speaker to grow. The main focus of this poem is the enigmatic paradoxical “force,” that unites nature and humans. The force creates the connection between nature and humans and is a unification of creation and destruction that ties everything together. The first sentence of stanza one is paradoxical. The line “the force through the green fuse drives the flower drives my green age” suggests that the force is creative and motivates the growth of flowers and life. However, the succeeding sentence “that blasts the roots of trees is my destroyer” distinctly shows that the force is devastating and gives death to the trees. This contradiction may seem impossible, but when thinking about the process of life and death and that everything is essentially born to die, it seems possible. After humans are born, and flowers blossom, they are already fated to perish after their creation. The “force” in stanza two is also depicted in a paradoxical style as it ” drives the water through the rocks and drives my red blood; that drives the mouthing steams turns mine to wax”. A discrepancy is made as the force that propels the water through the rocks cannot also dry the stream and drive a pulse, but truth in this statement can be found as the the natural force that links life and death acts as a singular force . The way the force acts on the aspect of life is the same way it acts on the aspect of death, as the movement of natural processes is also present in the movement of the human body. The usage of paradox within Thomas’s poem helps highlight the relationship between humans and nature, and their relation to the theme of life and death.The author of this poem also employs the usage of imagery in order to convey the cycle of life and death and the relation it has with nature. The poem never directly says anything about the themes of death and life or even directly mentions these words. Instead, the poem is imbued with images in each stanza that are so closely connected with each other that provide these themes. In the first stanza, the word “fuse” immediately presents readers with a image of something that is not gentle, but rather explosive. The idea conveyed is that the “force” is quite powerful and is to cause an explosion. However, the color “green” that is associated with the “fuse” is unique. It resembles the stem where a flower takes support and where the explosive force is brought to life through blooming. “Drives” is another word that links “the force that drives the flower” to an explosive fuse. “Drives my green age” further emphasizes the creative force of nature and that the force that leads to growth in nature also leads to growth in the speaker. In contrast, the mention of “blasts the roots of trees” in the second line of the poem presents a striking image of destruction. In the third stanza, a hand “whirls the water,” “stirs the quicksand” and “ropes the blowing wind.” These phrases from the poem portray a image of disorder and violence. Another line “hauls my shroud sail,” creates an almost ghostlike concept that is mysterious and provides a vivid picture demise. This image combined with that of the whirling water, stirred quicksand and blowing wind, creates a clear picture of danger and destruction. In the fourth stanza, the image of the sucking “lips of time” in the second stanza becomes far more definite through the inclusion of the word “lips.” Normally, love is often regarded as a method of surmounting death and transcending time, but in the fourth stanza, love can only “calm her sores” instead of curing the wounds. This reinforces the idea that time cannot be stopped. The last line of the fourth stanza, “Time has ticked a heaven round the stars” creates an image with a more neutral quality, and serves as a contrast of the preceding stanzas in order to strengthen the theme, and similarly in the fifth stanza, the “tomb”, “sheet”, and “crooked worm” all hold negative connotations, and convey an image of demise and decay, thus emphasizing the theme of death in the poem. The usage of imagery within the poem “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” by Dylan Thomas contributes to the idea that creation and destruction are part of the same process and reflects the relationship between mankind and nature.Strong diction is also incorporated into the poem to reflect the relationship between humans and nature, and their relation to the theme of life and death. In the first stanza, the words “green” and “drive” indicate the creativeness of the force. Whereas, “fuse” and “blast” are chosen to create a kind of explosive imagery to show the violent and destructive force of time. Juxtaposition and contrast are vividly displayed here. In the second stanza, water in the mouthing streams and red blood in the veins share a plethora of similarities. Water and blood are both liquid elements, and as streams extend over the earth, veins spread all over the human body.. This detailing conveys the ties between humans and nature. The verbs “whirls, stirs, ropes and hauls” mentioned in the third stanza connote the violence and destructive force of time, and create a horrific and mysterious atmosphere related to death. In contrast, the final stanza is more related to love, and the lover that has been in the tomb shows that love, cannot escape time and death. No matter what, “time manages to demolish all the beautiful love” (Ellmann,1973). Through the more negatively connotated diction presented in this stanza, poet brings the reader back to the concept of death and the word “round” shows that the universe is in a cycle and “ticked” implies that the cycling process is unchanging and continuous like a clock. The use of strong diction within the poem conveys the cycle of life and death and how it is related to the duality of nature. In “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower” by Dylan Thomas, the four figurative poetry elements of metaphor, paradox, imagery and diction reflect the relationship between humans and nature, and their relation to the theme of life and death. Each poetic element serves to strengthen the theme and aids in depicting the power or effect of time on human existence and nature, and its connection to life and death.