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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.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Comments about Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

  • Rookie - 0 Points Ch'erie De Perrot (1/31/2016 5:22:00 PM)

    One Truly has to watch a loved one in their final hour-mins to understand the intensity of the Writers desperation, as his beloved Father is drifting away! !
    Those of us who have, will know the feelings and emotions invoked, the selfishness our minds implore, as we cry out, to God or just scream in our minds..NO NO NO Please..Fight, Stay, please please dont go..
    If it were ourselves, and we could write our feelings before we passed, this poem would read completely the opposite for those who WISH to quietly and peacefully slip away!
    If you have ever seen someone who Does NOT go gentle, into that Goodnight, it is a shocking and pitiful sight, as mankind starts his final deathroll as it is known, as he Struggles against the inevitable..
    To NOT go gentle into that Goodnight, is to leave with torment upon our brow, anguish on our countenance, therefore Mr Dylan Thomas, who was at the time emotional as are all Poets, if he looked upon his Fathers Death mask, I hope he saw that his father, IGNORED his plea's. Thomas in his own way is warning us!
    Let them go Gentle into that Goodnight, it is the most loving gift you can give, help them to go gentle into that goodnight! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 255 Points Rubab Atwal (1/23/2016 11:32:00 PM)

    It's such a beautiful poem! ! It's like one of those poems that you read over and over again and every single time it inspires you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Steven Glowacki (1/2/2016 6:13:00 PM)

    Dylan Thomas was writing a poem about humanities right to leave a morsel of your existence on this life plain, and not to go without having done something useful with your existence. Do something with your life, don't waste it. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Dying

  1. 1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. Losses , Randall Jarrell
  3. 3. Lament , Dylan Thomas
  4. 4. Blow, Bugle, Blow , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  5. 5. Our Beautiful Children…. , Hebert Logerie
  6. 6. The Splendor Falls , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  7. 7. A Child Is Dying , Eric Cockrell
  8. 8. The Princess (Part 3) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  9. 9. The Ship Of Death , David Herbert Lawrence
  10. 10. Lose Momentum? ! (Must Die To...) , Dorothy Kardas, Psy.D. Th.D.
  11. 11. Marmion: Canto 6 (Excerpt) , Sir Walter Scott
  12. 12. Jean Desprez , Robert William Service
  13. 13. Petropolis , Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
  14. 14. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  15. 15. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
  16. 16. Ballade Of Blind Love , Andrew Lang
  17. 17. Evangeline: Part The Second. V. , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  18. 18. Autumnal , Katharine Tynan
  19. 19. The Angels Of Buena Vista , John Greenleaf Whittier
  20. 20. As I Lay Dying , Connor Whyte
  21. 21. ! Miss Gertrude Stein Was As Light As A .. , Michael Shepherd
  22. 22. Roundelay , John Dryden
  23. 23. The Vicar Of Bray , Anonymous Americas
  24. 24. Dying Is A Heavy Responsibility , Lonnie Hicks
  25. 25. The King Of Denmark’s Ride , Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Nor ..
  26. 26. Srahmandazi , Sir Henry Newbolt
  27. 27. News To The King, Good News For All , Augusta Davies Webster
  28. 28. The Parish Register - Part Iii: Burials , George Crabbe
  29. 29. The Wind’s Tidings In August 1870 , Augusta Davies Webster
  30. 30. I Am Sick And Dying** , Milica Franchi De Luri
  31. 31. ~*dying * ~ , Alma Rocio Cortez
  32. 32. I'M Still Dying.....! , true little angel
  33. 33. Memories In Cold Decay , Kristen Brown
  34. 34. The Rose , Dark Revenge Angel Night
  35. 35. As I Lay Dying , Rani Turton
  36. 36. Dying. , Mandy Raadd
  37. 37. The Famine Year , Lady Jane Wilde
  38. 38. Poverty-A Poor Man's Lone Companion , Harindhar Reddy
  39. 39. I'M Dying , XBlackxRainbowX
  40. 40. I Wept For... , A.J. McKinley
  41. 41. `no Tomorrow , Allysyn Bryant
  42. 42. Tired Of Trying , Silence Dogood
  43. 43. War....... Why Do They Call It Civil? , XxAmieLee xX
  44. 44. The Unknown , Hanna Maria
  45. 45. The Messages , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  46. 46. Defining What We Know , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  47. 47. Is Poetry A Dying Art? , Bijay Kant Dubey
  48. 48. The Final Dying Wish , Mr. Agape
  49. 49. Electric Daisy **lyrics** , Leah Ayliffe
  50. 50. People's Lying , Alessandra Liverani
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