Dylan Thomas

(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953 / Swansea / Wales)

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night


Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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  • Heba Ab (9/20/2008 9:59:00 PM)

    i really like this poem because it represents strength and fortitude in both meaning and structure. The rhyming scheme is firm which corresponds to the poet's appeals to face death with a strong fighting attitude (Report) Reply

  • Nceba Sam (9/8/2008 4:26:00 AM)

    I used(still do) love this poem from my school years(can even say it by heart) . My view on what Dylan is implying on this poem is, we mustn't fold hands and wait for death to come and play it's role but we must must make the best of the time we have as much as we can. I complement this poem with 'Death Be Not Proud' (Report) Reply

  • Gur Liraz (8/7/2008 9:42:00 AM)

    Dave, he isn't addresing the dying he is addressing the living, Thomas thinks
    the living should revolt against death. Arousing anger in dying people is not the goal here but rather to object the banal and meaningless end that death represents to most.
    Beautifully writen as always! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dave Rainbow (6/28/2008 10:19:00 PM)

    Thomas writes a great villanelle, but although this is commonly (and rightly) associated with his dying father, I don't think it is commonly known what Dylan was really saying, and why.

    I've heard it supposed that this was written to encourage his father, but Dylan wrote himself:

    'the only person I can't show [it] to is, of course, my father, who doesn't know he's dying'


    Instead, on reading Paul Ferris' biography of Thomas, I am drawn to another conclusion.

    As a child, Dylan was well used to his father's various tirades, and thought these somehow magnificent, as only a son can of his father. But as D J Thomas aged, and illness affected him, he mellowed. Dylan regretted that; and his desire in writing this poem is to remember the tyrant of his youth, and call him back. Thus I think that for Dylan Thomas this poem did not have quite the meaning that almost everyone else has put upon it ever since, where the intent is simply to challenge anyone to rail against death at the end of life.

    But even this is a questionable intent. If the reader has sat with the dying, as I and many others have, I would ask, did you ever once feel that this was a useful sentiment to encourage the dying to express? I think not. And thus, despite the magnificent execution of this poem, its sentiments are both commonly misunderstood, and, even when one misunderstands them in a generous way, I don't think that these sentiments are of any help to the dying or those who are with them. They just sound manificent to everyone else. (Report) Reply

  • Eddie Budd (5/24/2008 4:57:00 AM)

    Anthony Hopkins recited this moving poem in St Pauls' Cathedral, London at the funeral ceremony of the late Sir Laurence Olivier.

    I have taken the (sic) liberty of altering the first verse to describe a photograph of a youth watching the sun going down on a spectacular sunset in Western Australia.

    'Do go gently into that good night,
    Young age will burn and rave at close of day;
    Wonder, wonder at the dying of the light.' (Report) Reply

  • Sara Neame (4/24/2008 7:40:00 AM)

    This is so strong, it really moves me. I think the message is not that we can defy death, but that we should not sit and meekly await it, but live our lives to the full to the last moment. Hopefully we can all be able to do that! (Report) Reply

  • Gee Taylor (2/13/2008 6:12:00 AM)

    Favourite poem and poet from my school days (1971) . Noticed no comments on the religious undertone of last verse ie which father is he mentioning? Just a thought. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Quinn (12/12/2007 4:20:00 PM)

    This poem has inspired me since I first read it many years ago. As my life moves on its meaning grows stronger. I do not believe Thomas was defying death. Rather he was crushed by the sight of seeing his father being cut down by its inevitability. His wish was to see his father strong to the end. (Report) Reply

  • Edgar Eslit (9/7/2007 2:14:00 AM)

    Saint Francis of Assisi got his “transitus” welcoming death and called it 'sister death”. In contrary, Dylan Thomas is asking his father to fight and go against it. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” so goes the last line of his poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. No one escapes death but if we are to follow Dylan’s logic; he seemed to be ensuing that death can be defied. No body can. With these two uncompromising ideas, humility is what I’ve learn. It’s such a perspective which could have been thrown to trash without them. (Report) Reply

  • James Milks (9/6/2007 12:08:00 PM)

    This poem has always been a favorite of mine; poems like this one with the power and conviction of the writer are what interested me in poetry in the first place. I can still see Rodney Daingerfield’s powerful reading of this poem in “Back to School” and I actually took part of the line that Daingerfield had used (with full credit of course) when asked what the poem meant to him he said “..I don’t take shit from no one.” (yes I used the word shit in a college paper) and to me that is exactly what it means you don’t just take anything, not even death from anybody. (Report) Reply

  • Francois Hoon (7/10/2007 6:13:00 PM)

    What a great poem - it contains wisdom of life. Life should not be a struggle to arrive safely at death, for then you have not lived. Get as much out of it as possible, because we only have one, and it is short.
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/francois-hoon (Report) Reply

  • Verushka Naidoo (5/9/2007 12:56:00 AM)

    I was introduced to this poem at school, about 12 years ago and although 'old english' was hard to absorb this poem was one of the few that have stayed with me through the years. (Report) Reply

  • Falease Anderson (5/8/2007 12:47:00 PM)

    This was my first time reading this classic. I had always heard the title but had never read the poem.It is a masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (12/13/2006 9:04:00 AM)

    In response to Laura's question, the form is Villanelle. The rhyme scheme and line repetition is exactly what you see in Thomas's masterpiece.

    The poet uses the repeating lines to hammer home his defiance of death which elevates a usually pastoral genre to one that expresses great depth of emotion. I wholeheartedly agree with all comments about the absolute greatness of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Laura McPharren (9/14/2006 9:28:00 AM)

    I am curious as to what the form of the poem is and its effect on the poem. What exactly is the deeper meaning? How do the rhyming stanzas have an effect on the meaning of the poem?

    Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/20/2006 12:28:00 PM)

    A lesson to never give up on life. There is so much left undone, so much potential unfulfilled. Make the most of life or regret what could have been... a powerful message. (Report) Reply

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