Dylan Thomas

(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953 / Swansea / Wales)

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.

Form: Villanelle


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    Rage, Rage against the dying of the light
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    My all time favorite poem. It has been since I was a teen, in my 50s, means more than ever. (Report)Reply

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  • michael walker. (8/11/2019 9:47:00 PM)

    A very successful villanelle about death. The lines, 'Do not go gentle into that good night',
    and 'Rage, rage against the dying of the light' are repeated alternately at the end of each stanza. The poem offers a defiant attitude towards death, not the usual 'passed away peacefully', which I read in newspapers. A poem that affirms life and questions death.
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    Anonymous(12/18/2019 10:31:00 PM)

    This poem was actually written by a son for a father who was losing his sight

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  • Jerry Quinn Dalton Georgia (8/9/2019 8:42:00 PM)

    I’ve heard the first couple of lines often. After I read all of the poem, I had to commit to learning all of the poem for myself to enjoy. (Report)Reply

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  • Jez BurlJez Burl (8/1/2019 11:45:00 AM)

    Villanelle, a form I just encountered now...Brilliant penning! (Report)Reply

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  • Don KubickiDon Kubicki (7/7/2019 2:09:00 PM)

    This is one of his best known poems. I wrote an answer to this, a villanelle titled, " Do Go gentle into that Good Life." Read it on PH. (Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (7/1/2019 4:15:00 PM)

    Dylan Thomas a true master of the art.Brilliant! (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (5/28/2019 1:52:00 AM)

    great and great

    rated the great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 10, 2016


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