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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 Father

  1. 1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. To Her Father With Some Verses , Anne Bradstreet
  3. 3. On The Beach At Night , Walt Whitman
  4. 4. A Father To His Son , Carl Sandburg
  5. 5. My Papa's Waltz , Theodore Roethke
  6. 6. Father William , Lewis Carroll
  7. 7. The Little Boy Lost , William Blake
  8. 8. Come Up From The Fields, Father , Walt Whitman
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. Song To Be Sung By The Father Of Infant .. , Ogden Nash
  11. 11. Sonnet 37: As A Decrepit Father Takes De.. , William Shakespeare
  12. 12. Menaphon: Sephesta's Song To Her Child , Robert Greene
  13. 13. Only A Dad , Edgar Albert Guest
  14. 14. Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father , Robert Burns
  15. 15. The Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  16. 16. My Father Was A Farmer: A Ballad , Robert Burns
  17. 17. Fatherhood , Edgar Albert Guest
  18. 18. My Father Played The Melodeon , Patrick Kavanagh
  19. 19. Father , Edgar Albert Guest
  20. 20. Father's Chore , Edgar Albert Guest
  21. 21. Boy And Father , Carl Sandburg
  22. 22. Father And Son , Edgar Albert Guest
  23. 23. Father , Edgar Albert Guest
  24. 24. Who Were 'The Father And The Son' , Emily Dickinson
  25. 25. Follow A Famous Father , Edgar Albert Guest
  26. 26. The Gift , Li-Young Lee
  27. 27. 'Tis One By One — The Father Counts , Emily Dickinson
  28. 28. Descriptions Of Heaven And Hell , Mark Jarman
  29. 29. My Father On His Shield , Walt McDonald
  30. 30. The Portrait , Stanley Jasspon Kunitz
  31. 31. My Father's Hats , Mark Irwin
  32. 32. Inventing Father In Las Vegas , Lynn Emanuel
  33. 33. Follower , Seamus Heaney
  34. 34. Whose Mouth Do I Speak With , Suzanne Rancourt
  35. 35. Working Late , Louis Simpson
  36. 36. Playing Dead , Andrew Hudgins
  37. 37. The Harp , Bruce Weigl
  38. 38. Childhood Ideogram , Larry Levis
  39. 39. Absolutely Nothing , Osoanon Nimuss
  40. 40. Evangeline: A Tale Of Acadie , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  41. 41. The Erl-King , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  42. 42. Thank You Dad , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  43. 43. A Prayer For Dad (Memorial Day Memorial .. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  44. 44. Lancelot And Elaine , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  45. 45. The Little Big Man , Rabindranath Tagore
  46. 46. Father Riley's Horse , Banjo Paterson
  47. 47. Sohrab And Rustum , Matthew Arnold
  48. 48. Chants In A Million , David SmithWhite
  49. 49. Father And Daughter , Justin Gildow
  50. 50. Hallelujah: A Sestina , Robert Francis
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