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(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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  • 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.......

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  • 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?

  • Goran Gustafsson (2/20/2009 11:49:00 AM)

    Another Dylan, Bob Dylan wrote: 'He not busy being born is busy dying.'

  • Elbert Matt Loubser (12/15/2008 4:58:00 AM)

    We handled this poem at school and I must say that it envokes emotions in even the most hard-hearted of people. The message can also be interpreted universally.

  • Sid John Gardner. (9/26/2008 1:28:00 PM)

    Dylan Thomas MUST be one of our most talented and impressive poets of modern times.
    The intensity of his writing is a fine example of the human spirit 'Rage Rage against the night', Fine words Best listened to as 'Under milk wood. Just listen to his words narrated by Richard Burton.
    As death approaches 'Fight Fight down to the last wire'.... Do not accept the inevitible....contest it with every last breath.The message is self apparent to all red blooded people who love life...
    Sid John Gardner.

  • Heba Ab (9/20/2008 9:59:00 PM)

    i really like this poem because it represents strength and fortitude in both meaning and structure. The rhyming scheme is firm which corresponds to the poet's appeals to face death with a strong fighting attitude

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/11/2008 9:39:00 PM)

    I see Dylan saying that we should live life to it's last breath.The last two lines say it all.

  • Nceba Sam (9/8/2008 4:26:00 AM)

    I used(still do) love this poem from my school years(can even say it by heart) . My view on what Dylan is implying on this poem is, we mustn't fold hands and wait for death to come and play it's role but we must must make the best of the time we have as much as we can. I complement this poem with 'Death Be Not Proud'

  • Eddie Budd (8/8/2008 11:33:00 AM)

    Who put 'delet this message' in red on my comment, and why? ! ! ! !

  • Gur Liraz (8/7/2008 9:42:00 AM)

    Dave, he isn't addresing the dying he is addressing the living, Thomas thinks
    the living should revolt against death. Arousing anger in dying people is not the goal here but rather to object the banal and meaningless end that death represents to most.
    Beautifully writen as always! ! !

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