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Valerie Dohren

Freshman - 1,953 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

A Response to Dylan Thomas


I shall 'go gentle into that good night'
I have no wish to 'rage, rage' rave and fight
But rather I would welcome
'The dying of the light'

For being wise I know that 'dark is right'
And old age yet shall seek for its delight
To behold 'the sun in flight'
And the fading of the light

Submitted: Friday, February 10, 2012
Edited: Friday, February 10, 2012

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  • Rookie - 363 Points Juan Olivarez (5/5/2014 1:52:00 PM)

    To answer the great Dylan Thomas, one equally as great. I do understand Valerie and for a broken heart nothing is ever the same. Be well my friend. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Patricia Northall (3/22/2014 1:49:00 PM)

    I just think it's so clever, and original too.

    I immediately had the thought, how would Richard Burton, a devotee of Thomas
    have responded? ? ? He was not clever enough with all his rhetoric to compose
    anything so brilliant, and he for ever claimed he understood Thomas so well...
    Nice one Val... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (2/12/2014 4:49:00 PM)

    I just returned from Laughne, Dylan Thomas' birthplace. Beautiful country.
    This is an excellent riposte to Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night

    Good touch of Welsh melancholy.
    . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Owain Glyn (1/2/2013 6:35:00 AM)

    Dear old Dylan would congratulate you on this, and then suggest a visit to the pub! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Ruby Honeytip (12/3/2012 9:52:00 AM)

    Wow...I love your style.
    DT would have something lovely to say about your talents being equal to his if he were alive today....and we would all agree xx (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,820 Points * Sunprincess * (9/14/2012 7:18:00 PM)

    Read some of his work...and death shall have no dominion...before I knocked..do not go gentle into that good night..i dreamed my genesis...love in the asylum..notes on the art of poetry..among those killed in a dawn raid a man aged one hundred...awesome writer... :) (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,820 Points * Sunprincess * (9/10/2012 10:03:00 PM)

    I will have to do a search on Dylan Thomas, not sure who he is...seems like a nice tribute..but the poem is well written.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points John Brown (8/19/2012 7:05:00 AM)

    I like this. I had a book of DTs poetry once, but ended up getting rid of it. It drove me to distraction, trying to decipher his meanings. Most of his poetry is way beyond my understanding. Looks like It's not just me either. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 781 Points Thomas A Robinson (8/14/2012 1:01:00 PM)

    This one caught my eye while fumbling around for your poem, I Am.DT was a major inspiration in my early
    poetic career.But sadly he took not his own advise but wasted away in alcohol.My poem called, Inspiration was a tribute to DT, warts and all. Thanks Valerie I always find surprises in your works. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Graeme Williams (7/18/2012 1:53:00 PM)

    My understanding was that Dylan Thomas was writing his poem while watching his father fading away. I can imagine this as his father's response; it's very well done. Thank you Valerie. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 321 Points Captain Cur (5/26/2012 5:42:00 AM)

    It's all rage, rage, rave and fight on the Malevolent.
    What's the name of your ship?
    Dylan would smile, and probably counter! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Naomi Hinshaw-hersh (2/28/2012 10:39:00 PM)

    Quite a few of my poems are rebuttals or responses so it doesn't surprise me that others like yourself do as well; and a great response it is at that. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 206 Points Ruth Walters (2/19/2012 4:38:00 PM)

    I liked this one and that you have replied to the poet, a habit of mine sometimes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 134 Points Danny Draper (2/19/2012 3:36:00 PM)

    Such a shame Dylan cannot respond, what would he pen. He may guide you to Lament or Death shall have no dominion. Perhapes he would agree with you with poetry a metaphor for work or life's toil in My craft or sullen art. Nice and fearless pondering. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 71 Points Robert Green (2/14/2012 8:47:00 AM)

    I like the idea of responding to a poem this way, I think I understand your views also within your words. Maybe even a view I would take even if not for the same sentiments. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ivor Hogg (2/14/2012 5:24:00 AM)

    I agree whole heartedly why fight the inevitable? death is but an interlude between lives a time to rest and recuperate (Report) Reply

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