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

  • (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.
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  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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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  • (7/28/2013 4:31:00 PM)

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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



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