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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  • Verushka Naidoo (5/9/2007 12:56:00 AM)

    I was introduced to this poem at school, about 12 years ago and although 'old english' was hard to absorb this poem was one of the few that have stayed with me through the years. (Report) Reply

  • Falease Anderson (5/8/2007 12:47:00 PM)

    This was my first time reading this classic. I had always heard the title but had never read the poem.It is a masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (12/13/2006 9:04:00 AM)

    In response to Laura's question, the form is Villanelle. The rhyme scheme and line repetition is exactly what you see in Thomas's masterpiece.

    The poet uses the repeating lines to hammer home his defiance of death which elevates a usually pastoral genre to one that expresses great depth of emotion. I wholeheartedly agree with all comments about the absolute greatness of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Laura McPharren (9/14/2006 9:28:00 AM)

    I am curious as to what the form of the poem is and its effect on the poem. What exactly is the deeper meaning? How do the rhyming stanzas have an effect on the meaning of the poem?

    Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/20/2006 12:28:00 PM)

    A lesson to never give up on life. There is so much left undone, so much potential unfulfilled. Make the most of life or regret what could have been... a powerful message. (Report) Reply

  • Dee Daffodil (6/10/2006 9:16:00 AM)

    I love this poem...no wonder it's a classic...full of spirit...full of life to the bitter end! Awesome! ! (Report) Reply

  • Robert Louis Dummett (10/18/2005 4:01:00 AM)

    Villanelles are a pain to write well. Nevertheless, the master tackles it and creates what must surely be among the very best of poems ever written. Brilliant and flawless! (Report) Reply

  • Ronberge . (8/19/2005 12:44:00 AM)

    This is one of my all time favorites!
    Superbly written, ... no repetitions in rhyming ends 'ight' and 'ay'...Great alteration of last lines of stanza that are brought together in the final one.
    Powerfully-charged sustained emotion throughout...
    This one is truly a classic!

    Ronberge (Report) Reply

  • John Lock (3/2/2005 3:07:00 PM)

    Rage & roar, rage & roar,
    The flesh will rot & the spirt soar.
    No more will heart spent tears fall,
    At grave side when the trump does call. (Report) Reply

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