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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 Cam Seymour (10/3/2015 6:56:00 AM)

    Molly Dorhn, this poem is not 'about' anything. That is up to each reader. For me, it is about the value of life, each and every life. No matter who you are or what you choose to do with it, life is the ultimate treasure - a true gift. But specifically, as is revealed in the final stanza, the speaker is trying to inspire his father to fight for life, to at least show that he wants to hold on to life - his dearest possession. It seems to be spoken by a son for whom his father's passing is a very painful reality to be faced with. Despite the pain it will cause him to witness his father fighting for life (the curse) , the son needs to see that struggle, for it proves to him that his father, like the everyone, is subjected to death, and resisted it to the end - fought it off to grasp every possible minute in which to be with his son (hence the fight, or fierce tears being, simultaneously, a blessing for the son) . But that's just my reading. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Tom Hinton (10/9/2015 2:56:00 PM)

    I can't help feeling that the poet is reflecting on his own mortality. We transfer our own emotions onto others. This was written as Thomas discovered that his father was losing his sight. Realising that he had so much to say and achieve in life himself and seeing a father he loved in the last stages of life, fear for his own mortality. We seldom have just one emotion or feeling, and I have no doubt he loved his father.

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  • Rookie - 161 Points Molly Dorhn (10/2/2015 2:48:00 PM)

    This poem is about standing up for yourself. It's about doing your own thing, and not following everyone else. Dylan Thomas is encouraging us all to be unique, and take a stand. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Harsh Singh (9/24/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    This poem has a rhythm that no other has. It's words are so brilliant that as one proceeds, they start taking over him. This spell confounds my brain and I start flowing with the poem. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Dying

  1. 1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. Lament , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Losses , Randall Jarrell
  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. The Ship Of Death , David Herbert Lawrence
  8. 8. The Princess (Part 3) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  9. 9. A Child Is Dying , Eric Cockrell
  10. 10. Lose Momentum? ! (Must Die To...) , Dorothy Kardas, Psy.D. Th.D.
  11. 11. Marmion: Canto 6 (Excerpt) , Sir Walter Scott
  12. 12. Petropolis , Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
  13. 13. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
  14. 14. Jean Desprez , Robert William Service
  15. 15. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  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. ! Miss Gertrude Stein Was As Light As A .. , Michael Shepherd
  21. 21. Roundelay , John Dryden
  22. 22. As I Lay Dying , Connor Whyte
  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. News To The King, Good News For All , Augusta Davies Webster
  27. 27. The Parish Register - Part Iii: Burials , George Crabbe
  28. 28. The Wind’s Tidings In August 1870 , Augusta Davies Webster
  29. 29. Srahmandazi , Sir Henry Newbolt
  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 Messages , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  45. 45. Defining What We Know , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  46. 46. B: Viiii: Great Question , douglas scotney
  47. 47. Is Poetry A Dying Art? , Bijay Kant Dubey
  48. 48. Electric Daisy **lyrics** , Leah Ayliffe
  49. 49. I Am Dying Of My Own Obscurity , Shalom Freedman
  50. 50. People's Lying , Alessandra Liverani
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