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

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana (8/6/2015 6:06:00 AM)

    positive as well showing the typical human nature to see difficulty. (Report) Reply

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  • Dedan Onyango Dedan Onyango (7/15/2015 10:05:00 AM)

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

  • 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

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr 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

  • Melvina Germain Melvina Germain (6/12/2015 8:16:00 PM)

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

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

    Me encanta (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet 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

  • Panmelys Panmelys 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Debo Baughman Debo Baughman (11/3/2015 12:54:00 PM)

    It is about passion. About having loved so much, questioned so much, answered so much and the realization that life has still even at ones end, has so much more to answer and to question and to be passionate about. Rage rage against the dying of the light... While I see your point, this is not a male trait but one of a being who sees the passion and wants to se a fight in the continuation of it... To see a loved one not just giving up but oushing beyond as he leaves this world with passion yet to share.

    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.

  • Lou Ellen (3/23/2015 7:54:00 AM)

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

  • Lonely Poet (2/24/2015 11:30:00 AM)

    This makes me feel empowered. (Report) Reply

  • Soul Watcher Soul Watcher (1/22/2015 2:17:00 AM)

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

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:26:00 AM)

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

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:26:00 AM)

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

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen 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

  • 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

  • Sagnik Chakraborty 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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