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

  • Terry Craddock (10/9/2014 4:42:00 PM)

    This for me is one of the most powerful poems ever written. The question of death in old age is raised, but the focus is the grief and selfishness of suffering children, facing the approaching death of a parent; in this case Dylan Thomas forced to confront the terminal death of his father. Children desire parents to live longer because of the love friendship and need, they still feel for their parents, and the desire they feel for their parents to remain in their lives. The fear and pain they will suffer with their parents' eventual death is intensified, in the title theme and lines of 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'.
    Dylan is aware of the pain his father's ill health is causing, the line Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight acknowledges his father's blindness but Dylan implores his father to ignore blindness, with Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, . Then the pitiful plea Rage, rage against the dying of the light; begs his father to fight for the last hours minutes seconds of life.
    The final stanza raises this climax of fighting death to the last agonized moment, with Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Despite all the pain his father is suffering, Dylan again begs his father to defy death and accepts the curse and blessing this defiance will cost and means to him, by repeating the original theme opening lines of the poem; Do not go gentle into that good night, (death) juxtaposed again with the begging repeated plea Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Inevitable imminent death, will claim the ordinary lives of our parents at close of day, which Dylan proclaims in the first two wonderful stanzas with

    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.

    Dylan's father he counts among the aged Good men, (approaching) the last wave by, crying how bright (in pain)
    Their frail deeds with health and strength failing; mean we at this time face a final separation with them in life, but though they were ordinary and achieved no great fame, if we loved them intensely we must suffer the agony of knowing and watching death, consume the last embers of their lives. 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' by Dylan Thomas, is a brilliant emotional poem for me and will always rank among my favourite poems.
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    Eddy Paul (2/7/2015 6:38:00 PM)

    You described the poem very well. Thank you. :)

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  • Agboyi Felix (10/9/2014 1:33:00 PM)

    why can't i read this poem without being griefful? (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2014 8:52:00 AM)

    Aside from the obvious element of defiance, the poet explores finality; the existentialist notion of life being a finite process. (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2014 8:50:00 PM)

    I never went gently into a good night.
    This is a 10. with all my might.
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  • Gajanan Mishra (9/14/2014 6:15:00 PM)

    curse, bless with tears, good one. (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2014 10:55:00 PM)

    A good and beautiful classical and very meaningful too. (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2014 2:51:00 PM)

    This is my favorite poem if all time. I love how it tells you to fight. This poem is beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2014 1:40:00 AM)

    .....an amazing write...love the rhyming in this poem... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 1:36:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine oit (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/25/2014 7:41:00 AM)

    Passionate and with good intensity on this beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/14/2014 5:49:00 PM)

    Andrew Hoellering, Dylan Thomas would not approve, because, although the sentiment may seem right to you, he was using the repetition of the th in father and there to bolster the repetitive hammer blows his form gives the poem, and alone does not reinforce any of the surrounding words in its sound.
    Listen, if you can to a Welsh reading of this poem, which gives the true feel of his use of language.
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  • (4/14/2014 5:28:00 PM)

    1. I agree with Marlene. Why, oh, why did the site not have it read by someone like Cerys Matthews with a good Welsh lilt to her voice. There are enough good Welsh actors too, who would have made a good job of it.

    2, I wonder what others make of the second stanza that says both 'Though wise men at their end know dark is right' and 'they Do not go gentle into that good night' showing opposing views.
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  • (2/22/2014 11:33:00 PM)

    Had to quote this poem to a soldier of mine. As his PL, I had to bring out the best I could in him. And it certainly worked. (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2014 11:34:00 PM)

    And then his last words were, I've had 18 straight whiskeys. I believe that's the record... (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2014 10:39:00 AM)

    How I love love this poem. To be honest back in the day I loved poems and rhymes. I also enjoyed reading them to my child. Then I was busy with reading books and playing rpg games. Thanks to this poem I remembered how much i liked them. This is the best one and I am glad I registered here today so I'll discover many more. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2014 10:36:00 AM)

    OMG. I tried listening to this great poem. How horrible and awful. Some guy with a horrible accent is reading this.

    I want to unhear and will never again touch that play button.
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  • (10/9/2013 11:20:00 PM)

    Life is short, a reminder to make the most of it! (Report) Reply

  • (10/9/2013 5:23:00 PM)

    Cautionary and with passion (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/29/2013 5:44:00 AM)

    They say a match stick flares up bright once again before dying out and such is old age. Well....? ?
    Please let me go gentle into the night
    When the mist is just beginning to fall
    I have had a good life reasonably bright
    And have no fear of Saint Peter's scroll....
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