Dylan Thomas

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

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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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Will Vogel (2/2/2012 1:01:00 PM)

    yo dis poem is so ill like i mad chill wit dis guy n stuff (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 26 Points 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

  • Rookie Wemeye Dal (3/20/2011 3:14:00 PM)

    great poem i agree totally with Dylan (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Freshman - 1,635 Points 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

  • Rookie - 514 Points 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

  • Rookie Fidaa Ali (10/25/2010 7:17:00 AM)

    Very nice meaning..well done

    Fidaa (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Houston (7/24/2010 6:11:00 AM)

    I love this so much I used it on one of my tunes. You may be interested to hear it:
    http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=3z7SiZbqXZU (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nithya Raghavan (6/9/2010 9:51:00 AM)

    the poem bears several meanings:
    -enjoying life to the fullest
    -striving towards our dreams endlessly.
    -indirectly showing the beauty of night, not as something which signifies death, sorrow, etc.
    the poem was beautiful, i feel sad that i could read it only twice. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cathy Huang (5/2/2010 11:35:00 PM)

    according to my undestanding, the poet told us to seize every day, and to live each day vigoriously and fully, and not idle away our precious life. even the old and dying people can make the full use of their remaining day. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 312 Points Almedia Knight-Oliver (1/24/2010 1:08:00 PM)

    After living life full of light, i wish to gently blow/turn off my light and rest in eternity's blue light! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Natasha Phillips (1/22/2010 2:44:00 PM)

    interesting poem of an individual imploring a loved one to fight against the arrival of death.....rage, rage aginst the dying of the light. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ray Knirs (11/21/2009 10:09:00 PM)

    If its good enough for Rodney its good enough for me. Seriously, that is a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nicky Supertramp (11/8/2009 5:36:00 PM)

    A poem urging people to contest against the banal yet inevitable concept of death. When faced with complete nothingness for the rest of eternity what's the point of living a life of nothingness. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lewis Neil Is Awsome (11/4/2009 4:47:00 PM)

    Wow, that was pretty good, but i hear there is this poem called 'Neil is awsome', it was life changing and insperational. Read it and vote it a 10! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Milica Franchi De Luri (10/6/2009 11:27:00 PM)

    This type of poem is called a Villanelle; Three line stanzas where the first line of the first stanza and the last line of the first stanza are repeated alternatively in every stanza and must rhyme with each other.The middle line of the first stanza must rhyme with the middle line of every stanza.The last stanza has four lines. The last two lines are the first and the last line of the first stanza. Altogether must be nineteen lines.
    It is very difficult form to write in thi form. I wonder if Thomas has written any other Villanelles.
    This one is one the most famous Villanelles and very beautiful. (Report) Reply



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