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

  • Agboyi Felix Agboyi Felix (10/9/2014 1:33:00 PM)

    why can't i read this poem without being griefful? (Report) Reply

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  • Joan Holden (9/28/2014 8:52:00 AM)

    Aside from the obvious element of defiance, the poet explores finality; the existentialist notion of life being a finite process. (Report) Reply

  • John Shea (9/15/2014 8:50:00 PM)

    I never went gently into a good night.
    This is a 10. with all my might. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra Gajanan Mishra (9/14/2014 6:15:00 PM)

    curse, bless with tears, good one. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/5/2014 10:55:00 PM)

    A good and beautiful classical and very meaningful too. (Report) Reply

  • Jill Maudlin (5/4/2014 2:51:00 PM)

    This is my favorite poem if all time. I love how it tells you to fight. This poem is beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 1:40:00 AM)

    .....an amazing write...love the rhyming in this poem... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 1:36:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine oit (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:41:00 AM)

    Passionate and with good intensity on this beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Gill Tennant (4/14/2014 5:49:00 PM)

    Andrew Hoellering, Dylan Thomas would not approve, because, although the sentiment may seem right to you, he was using the repetition of the th in father and there to bolster the repetitive hammer blows his form gives the poem, and alone does not reinforce any of the surrounding words in its sound.
    Listen, if you can to a Welsh reading of this poem, which gives the true feel of his use of language. (Report) Reply

  • Gill Tennant (4/14/2014 5:28:00 PM)

    1. I agree with Marlene. Why, oh, why did the site not have it read by someone like Cerys Matthews with a good Welsh lilt to her voice. There are enough good Welsh actors too, who would have made a good job of it.

    2, I wonder what others make of the second stanza that says both 'Though wise men at their end know dark is right' and 'they Do not go gentle into that good night' showing opposing views. (Report) Reply

  • Josh Thomas (2/22/2014 11:33:00 PM)

    Had to quote this poem to a soldier of mine. As his PL, I had to bring out the best I could in him. And it certainly worked. (Report) Reply

  • Kayla Christensen (1/21/2014 11:34:00 PM)

    And then his last words were, I've had 18 straight whiskeys. I believe that's the record... (Report) Reply

  • Marlene Meijer (1/11/2014 10:39:00 AM)

    How I love love this poem. To be honest back in the day I loved poems and rhymes. I also enjoyed reading them to my child. Then I was busy with reading books and playing rpg games. Thanks to this poem I remembered how much i liked them. This is the best one and I am glad I registered here today so I'll discover many more. (Report) Reply

  • Marlene Meijer (1/11/2014 10:36:00 AM)

    OMG. I tried listening to this great poem. How horrible and awful. Some guy with a horrible accent is reading this.

    I want to unhear and will never again touch that play button. (Report) Reply

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  • marvin brato (10/9/2013 11:20:00 PM)

    Life is short, a reminder to make the most of it! (Report) Reply

  • Liliana ~el (10/9/2013 5:23:00 PM)

    Cautionary and with passion (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/29/2013 5:44:00 AM)

    They say a match stick flares up bright once again before dying out and such is old age. Well....? ?
    Please let me go gentle into the night
    When the mist is just beginning to fall
    I have had a good life reasonably bright
    And have no fear of Saint Peter's scroll.... (Report) Reply

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