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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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  • Lynne Fincherspringarden (10/9/2012 4:58:00 PM)

    Such beauty and power. Thank you for your gift and may your journey into that night be blessed with light forever more. RIP Dylan Thomas (Report) Reply

  • Deci Hernandez (10/9/2012 11:55:00 AM)

    His father was dying. and he called his dying bed a sad height. what a perfect way to describe a moment. makes me want to cry. i think shall. my favorite poem of all time.i like his other poems once i comprehend them. but this one was instant comprehension. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (9/14/2012 6:30:00 PM)

    This could very well be the poem which means don't leave for tomorrow what you can accomplish today...enjoy what you have.....enjoy your waking hours for you sleep one third of your life.....there is no proof you will come back after death....enjoy life for you only live once it is a true gift from God... :) (Report) Reply

  • Hilal Yilmaz (8/26/2012 11:48:00 AM)

    Dylan Thomas was a legend of his time and after his dead the world lost one of the greatest poets of all the time. For me Dylan Thomas is an inspiration and this poem is one of his bests. Beacause of him i will never give up any fight! Thank you Dylan Thomas, you were a genius! (Report) Reply

  • Renee Brisson (7/23/2012 7:29:00 PM)

    This poem is about never giving up the fight no matter how impossible it may seem to win. Do not go gentle... (Report) Reply

  • Marcus Robbins (4/5/2012 5:33:00 AM)

    With so many poor interpretations I thought I would add my own to the mix:
    Wise men know that death is a part of life, it is integral to it's operation and as such is 'right'.
    In life they will have sought to teach others the things that they know, but will feel empty when they have been unable to make others see what they see, when they have been unable to pass the gift of their vision onto others.
    Good men who have sought to make the world a better place, will be sad when they do not succeed, in a world with a closed heart. And perhaps worse, understand that no-one much noticed their efforts.
    Wild men who seek to capture every joy from life, realise that in the act of 'seizing the day' they were really all the time filled with the fear of it's impending loss.
    Grave Men, people who have been sad for their lives, realise that being happy or sad is in the mind. That it is our will that makes us happy or sad, not the external world. They will rage because they have lost so much opportunity to enjoy the world.
    For me this poem is a lesson, that life is struggle, even in the act of trying to savour every moment we are lost to addiction, to the desire for the next 'thing'. Do not try to teach the world, they do not want to listen. Do not try to save the world, you can only fail, do not try to live every moment like it is your last, you will swallow the joy up with fear. So what is the solution? I do not know, Buddhism(understanding that how you feel is dependant upon your perception, not on the actual physical world) ? perhaps, or perhaps there is no solution, this is what life is, it is in your nature to rage against against the dying of the light, which is not only death but every successive unfulfilled or fulfilled desire in your life. (Report) Reply

  • Grace Yabon (3/13/2012 10:48:00 PM)

    For some reason I love this poem SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much! ! ! I heard of it from the book Matched by Ally Condie (btw really good book) and I have loved it since I first read the poem. What a work of art! :) (Report) Reply

  • Denis Prosser (2/4/2012 2:32:00 PM)

    This poem is a great achievement not only because of its meaning, but its not easy to write a villanelle in the English language unlike French for example which has many more rhyming words. (Report) Reply

  • Jeline Loh Jen-Li (2/2/2012 4:17:00 AM)

    Checked out my poem! Your comments are much appreciated!
    The Valley or The Alley?

    As I walked through the valley
    The valley of life or the other
    Dark and winded is the other alley
    I couldn’t foretell if I even bother

    The journey is such a pang
    I doubt there is enjoyment
    The process is far too long
    If it will only bring torment

    For some it is to endure
    For others it is to fulfill
    For me I am rather aware
    That I would rather enthrall

    In either alley let us will
    In either valley let us triumph (Report) Reply

  • Len Webster (11/29/2011 2:45:00 PM)

    One of the most moving poems written in the second half of the 20th. Century. (Report) Reply

  • MRITYUNJAY JHA (3/18/2011 5:42:00 AM)

    One of his best poem.The class-actor RICHARD BURTON, desired a copy of Dylan's anthology be placed along with his body aftr death..and dat was executed..Dylan himself died raving with I8-STRAIGHT-WHISKEY...Although poet's views r antithetical to d popular perception of death, especially those sprinklet with religious jargons/dogmas..that death must be peaceful n if it happens so, all of our desires get terminated and we need not hv a second life(TRANSMIGRATION OF SOUL) , bt d poet indicates dat death should nt be feared of, rather it be welcomed with joy...A COURAGEOUS POEM! (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (1/7/2011 4:04:00 PM)

    I must say, I agree with Juan, he's pleading with his father to not give up. (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (12/22/2010 11:03:00 AM)

    Out of all the poets whose comments I see here only Milica Frachi De Luri and a couple of others got it right. It is written in the Villanelle style and he is asking his father to fight for life, not to cave in to the darkness(death) . It is not hard to understand if you stop to read before you start analyzing it. (Report) Reply

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