Dylan Thomas

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

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - Poem by Dylan Thomas

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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Form: Villanelle


Comments about Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

  • Veteran Poet - 1,398 Points Dedan Onyango (7/15/2015 10:05:00 AM)

    Do not allow life inadequacies to shake you around. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Len Hummel (6/25/2015 9:52:00 AM)

    Probably the greatest poem of affirmation & courage in the face of troubling Life & Mortality. It says so much in so little that it always bears reading 2 or 3 times at a sitting, ... or standing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 48,977 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/17/2015 3:23:00 AM)

    IMO, one of literatures finest works....Most definitely in my own personal Top 10 all-time literary works (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,789 Points Melvina Germain (6/12/2015 8:16:00 PM)

    A gentle surge of somber beauty promoting solace and serenity..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christine Stott (5/22/2015 5:34:00 PM)

    Me encanta (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,531 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/22/2015 11:12:00 AM)

    What I understood is that, do not give in right away to dying
    Rage against it, resist it, do not give it an easy battle
    Ahh a lot of interpretations- and this is what makes the author good. (smiles) . (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,123 Points Panmelys Panmelys (4/30/2015 1:24:00 PM)

    With Fern Hill and In my Craft or Sullen Art, it is another of his greatest poems He liked the villanel and i wish he hadl iived longer to put music into his Under Milkwood. Along with Walt Whitman, his work to me is outstanding, original and makes death so very much a part of the lifeforce. I think he's a poet who will outlast many, as will Walt Whitman. Panmelys (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 63 Points Lisa Marie Mottert (4/29/2015 8:06:00 AM)

    One of my favorite poets. Very powerful poem, with intense passion and deep emotion. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Eric Epperson (4/25/2015 12:44:00 AM)

    I don't think he cared much about his own life expiring. I believe he loved his father passionately, and was letting him know how much he hated to see him go. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Marcus Brine (4/21/2015 4:59:00 PM)

    It was once said (with wonderfully simple insight) that it is far better to let people wonder if you are an idiot, than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubt, please pardon my paraphrasing. Perhaps this is something Mr./Ms. Semi might consider in the future... or if you are insistent on removing doubt, run a simple spell check. As an aside, I find it ironic, to say the least, that Thomas would write so vehemently about raging against death, when he was so insistent about hastening his own..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Garret Fernandez (4/16/2015 10:59:00 AM)

    @manny seim, not only is your irritating ignorance evident in your inability to spell the word "human" (?), but also in that your argument is bigoted and involves a stereotypical generalization which is even hyperbolic in nature, but beyond that you managed to entirely missed the point of the poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Manny Seim (4/5/2015 1:07:00 AM)

    It would be a man to write a poem using words about not being gentle but about raging. That's what too many humin male primates do, they rage. Even in an experience with the potential for sweetness, gentleness, and xplration like a poem, humin male primates persist with raging. That must be what's happening inside the brains of most humin male primates. Now, look at the states of the planet and the world and tell me this poet should not have used better words. I am sick and tired of the male destructive infestation of everything, including language. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Diana Suez (5/12/2015 10:06:00 AM)

    It is not about raging at all! It is about death, at least for me, though I may be wrong; it is impossibly touching how the author tries to encourage everyone and his father especially to struggle, to resist, to protest against death (death of a body or of a soul) , he encourages us to live and live full lives. Do not go gentle is like 'do everything you can and never give it up'. That what it is about I think. And what you say about men is nothing but a foolish stereotype.

  • Rookie Lou Ellen (3/23/2015 7:54:00 AM)

    Whoa! It’s really powerful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Hallie Gee (2/24/2015 11:30:00 AM)

    This makes me feel empowered. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,650 Points Soul Watcher (1/22/2015 2:17:00 AM)

    nice poem, and the recitation is cool too. thanks (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,062 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:26:00 AM)

    Powerful! Death or the dying of light is what humans wrestle with. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,062 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:26:00 AM)

    Powerful! Death or the dying of light is what humans wrestle with. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,062 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:25:00 AM)

    Powerful feelings evoked. Death or the dying of the night is part of human reality we all must wrestle with or accept. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points David Bailie (11/1/2014 4:34:00 AM)

    I submitted a reading of this poem yesterday and where before there was nothing in the video window above it now has a 'bot' reading the verse - sorry to be negative but is that not weird? (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,428 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/23/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem that speaks about rebellion in the face of Death! One final flourish, one final spark before the fire is extinguished forever! (Report) Reply










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