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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Form: Villanelle

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

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/22/2015 11:12:00 AM)

    What I understood is that, do not give in right away to dying
    Rage against it, resist it, do not give it an easy battle
    Ahh a lot of interpretations- and this is what makes the author good. (smiles) .
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  • Panmelys Panmelys (4/30/2015 1:24:00 PM)

    With Fern Hill and In my Craft or Sullen Art, it is another of his greatest poems He liked the villanel and i wish he hadl iived longer to put music into his Under Milkwood. Along with Walt Whitman, his work to me is outstanding, original and makes death so very much a part of the lifeforce. I think he's a poet who will outlast many, as will Walt Whitman. Panmelys (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2015 12:44:00 AM)

    I don't think he cared much about his own life expiring. I believe he loved his father passionately, and was letting him know how much he hated to see him go. (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2015 4:59:00 PM)

    It was once said (with wonderfully simple insight) that it is far better to let people wonder if you are an idiot, than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubt, please pardon my paraphrasing. Perhaps this is something Mr./Ms. Semi might consider in the future... or if you are insistent on removing doubt, run a simple spell check. As an aside, I find it ironic, to say the least, that Thomas would write so vehemently about raging against death, when he was so insistent about hastening his own..... (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2015 10:59:00 AM)

    @manny seim, not only is your irritating ignorance evident in your inability to spell the word "human" (?), but also in that your argument is bigoted and involves a stereotypical generalization which is even hyperbolic in nature, but beyond that you managed to entirely missed the point of the poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2015 1:07:00 AM)

    It would be a man to write a poem using words about not being gentle but about raging. That's what too many humin male primates do, they rage. Even in an experience with the potential for sweetness, gentleness, and xplration like a poem, humin male primates persist with raging. That must be what's happening inside the brains of most humin male primates. Now, look at the states of the planet and the world and tell me this poet should not have used better words. I am sick and tired of the male destructive infestation of everything, including language. (Report) Reply

    Debo Baughman Debo Baughman (11/3/2015 12:54:00 PM)

    It is about passion. About having loved so much, questioned so much, answered so much and the realization that life has still even at ones end, has so much more to answer and to question and to be passionate about. Rage rage against the dying of the light... While I see your point, this is not a male trait but one of a being who sees the passion and wants to se a fight in the continuation of it... To see a loved one not just giving up but oushing beyond as he leaves this world with passion yet to share.

    Diana Suez (5/12/2015 10:06:00 AM)

    It is not about raging at all! It is about death, at least for me, though I may be wrong; it is impossibly touching how the author tries to encourage everyone and his father especially to struggle, to resist, to protest against death (death of a body or of a soul) , he encourages us to live and live full lives. Do not go gentle is like 'do everything you can and never give it up'. That what it is about I think. And what you say about men is nothing but a foolish stereotype.

  • (3/23/2015 7:54:00 AM)

    Whoa! It’s really powerful! (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2015 11:30:00 AM)

    This makes me feel empowered. (Report) Reply

  • Soul Watcher (1/22/2015 2:17:00 AM)

    nice poem, and the recitation is cool too. thanks (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:26:00 AM)

    Powerful! Death or the dying of light is what humans wrestle with. (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:26:00 AM)

    Powerful! Death or the dying of light is what humans wrestle with. (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:25:00 AM)

    Powerful feelings evoked. Death or the dying of the night is part of human reality we all must wrestle with or accept. (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2014 4:34:00 AM)

    I submitted a reading of this poem yesterday and where before there was nothing in the video window above it now has a 'bot' reading the verse - sorry to be negative but is that not weird? (Report) Reply

  • Sagnik Chakraborty (10/23/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem that speaks about rebellion in the face of Death! One final flourish, one final spark before the fire is extinguished forever! (Report) Reply

  • 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. :)

  • 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

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