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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Arnold Godbert (5/4/2009 5:52:00 PM)

    This is a particular favourite of mine by Dylan Thomas,
    it so reminds me of that very sad December afternoon
    in 1970 a fortnight before christmas, when my father was
    taken from us, the world had changed forever. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (5/2/2009 5:42:00 AM)

    Great poem, but I prefer Yeats' attitude to old age: 'An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing for every tatter in its mortal dress.' I hope I clap my hands and sing when my light is dying. (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Schuff (4/22/2009 1:45:00 PM)

    This poem always brings to mind my mother. The two are intertwined and have been from the first time I read this powerful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Hoellering (4/4/2009 8:16:00 PM)

    Dylan Thomas’s most famous poem speaks to and for us all. We want those we love to ‘ rave at close of day’ and not go ‘gentle into that good night’ because it shows they love us as much as we love them.

    What continues to amaze after all these years is the originality of the images contained within the three-line stanza, with its alternating refrain.

    I know the poem by heart, but when I recite it I change the first line of the last verse to ‘And you my father, alone on the sad height.’

    I wonder whether the great Dylan would approve? (Report) Reply

  • Christina Smith (3/30/2009 2:13:00 AM)

    such a strong meaning! ! !
    If theres no hope at-all just

    FIGHT FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE WHEN NO-ONE IS FIGHTING FOR YOU!
    your soul can be empty but you still fight and then YOUR ONE DAMN STRONG PERSON! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rico Avila (3/28/2009 6:57:00 PM)

    One of my favorite poems. I would not change a word. Changing to 'and you, my father' to 'and you're my father' hints that your father does not yet know he is your father....... (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Hoellering (3/24/2009 3:42:00 AM)

    Dylan Thomas’s most famous poem speaks to and for us all. We want those we love to ‘ rave at close of day’ and not go ‘gentle into that good night’ because it shows they love us as much as we love them.

    What continues to amaze after all these years is the originality of the images contained within the three-line stanza, with its alternating refrain.

    I know the poem by heart, but when I recite it I change the first line of the last verse to ‘And you’re my father, alone on the sad height.’

    I wonder whether the great Dylan would approve? (Report) Reply

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