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

  • (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.
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  • (10/25/2013 1:38:00 PM)

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  • (10/9/2013 11:20:00 PM)

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

  • (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....
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  • (2/7/2013 1:59:00 PM)

    I've been looking for this poem. I read Matched by Allie Condie and fell in love with this. I'm doing my poet paper for English on Dylan Thomas and the title sounded so familiar. After reading it, I realized that this was the one. Thank you Dylan Thomas. I knew I picked you for a reason. (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2013 2:47:00 PM)

    I have read this poem before in a book by a very good writer in the book Matched. It has touched my life in a very special way. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2013 1:10:00 PM)

    my favourite poem, there is no contest :) (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

  • (8/26/2012 10:58:00 AM)

    If you love Dylan, read my poem 'Portrait of Dylan' posted today. (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (7/12/2012 11:11:00 AM)

    Thanks @ Marcus Robbins, that is a wonderful interpretation - feels just right. (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2012 11:11:00 AM)

    Thanks @ Marcus Robbins, that is a wonderful interpretation - feels just right. (Report) Reply

  • (7/7/2012 1:41:00 AM)

    I agree @Marcus Robbins. (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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    Briony Nicholls Briony Nicholls (9/26/2015 9:07:00 AM)

    Thank you Marcus Robbins for your exceptionally insightful interpretation of this poem. You've really nailed it as far as I'm concerned. It seems we are doomed, no matter which way we choose to live out our lives. We will all reach the same desperate destination.

  • (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

  • (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

  • (2/2/2012 1:01:00 PM)

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

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