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

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Gill Tennant (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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  • Gill Tennant (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.

  • Josh Thomas (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.

  • Kayla Christensen (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...

  • Marlene Meijer (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.

  • Marlene Meijer (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.

  • Joseph Harlacher (12/23/2013 3:38:00 PM)

    I say do not rage this passing for that is what light does, rips asunder our will with directives of what is and stills the mind with perceived realities.

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  • marvin brato (10/9/2013 11:20:00 PM)

    Life is short, a reminder to make the most of it!

  • Liliana ~el (10/9/2013 5:23:00 PM)

    Cautionary and with passion

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