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

  • Ch'erie De Perrot (1/31/2016 5:22:00 PM)

    One Truly has to watch a loved one in their final hour-mins to understand the intensity of the Writers desperation, as his beloved Father is drifting away! !
    Those of us who have, will know the feelings and emotions invoked, the selfishness our minds implore, as we cry out, to God or just scream in our minds..NO NO NO Please..Fight, Stay, please please dont go..
    If it were ourselves, and we could write our feelings before we passed, this poem would read completely the opposite for those who WISH to quietly and peacefully slip away!
    If you have ever seen someone who Does NOT go gentle, into that Goodnight, it is a shocking and pitiful sight, as mankind starts his final deathroll as it is known, as he Struggles against the inevitable..
    To NOT go gentle into that Goodnight, is to leave with torment upon our brow, anguish on our countenance, therefore Mr Dylan Thomas, who was at the time emotional as are all Poets, if he looked upon his Fathers Death mask, I hope he saw that his father, IGNORED his plea's. Thomas in his own way is warning us!
    Let them go Gentle into that Goodnight, it is the most loving gift you can give, help them to go gentle into that goodnight! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Rubab Atwal (1/23/2016 11:32:00 PM)

    It's such a beautiful poem! ! It's like one of those poems that you read over and over again and every single time it inspires you! (Report) Reply

  • Steven Glowacki (1/2/2016 6:13:00 PM)

    Dylan Thomas was writing a poem about humanities right to leave a morsel of your existence on this life plain, and not to go without having done something useful with your existence. Do something with your life, don't waste it. (Report) Reply

  • Chetan Pandey Chetan Pandey (12/16/2015 8:38:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite poem.... The way how the poet tries to embed the feeling of resisting death till the last movement by using perfect imagery is appreciable (Report) Reply

  • 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

    Leticia Cortez Leticia Cortez (1/20/2016 12:36:00 PM)

    It changed my life by bringing someone into my life who actually knew about poetry & knew this poem was by Dylan. Now,21 years later it´s over (the relation) and it´s time to revisit the poem, my life, feelings & love for that someone. But I still love this poem & will for the rest of my life.

    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.

  • Molly Dorhn 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

  • Harsh Singh 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

  • Ronell Warren Alman Ronell Warren Alman (9/10/2015 6:40:00 PM)

    One of my all time favorite poems here. Love Dylan Thomas. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (8/29/2015 1:50:00 PM)

    .........a beautiful literary piece....always has been one of my favorite poems...love this ★ (Report) Reply

  • Nanthinii Mohan Nanthinii Mohan (8/15/2015 3:51:00 PM)

    "Do not go gentle into that good night.  Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Great lines that preaches not to yield at any sort of hardest times... love it.. (Report) Reply

  • Ashlee Smith (8/12/2015 6:43:00 PM)

    My favorite poem! (Report) Reply

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana (8/6/2015 6:06:00 AM)

    positive as well showing the typical human nature to see difficulty. (Report) Reply

  • Dedan Onyango Dedan Onyango (7/15/2015 10:05:00 AM)

    Do not allow life inadequacies to shake you around. (Report) Reply

  • Len Hummel (6/25/2015 9:52:00 AM)

    Probably the greatest poem of affirmation & courage in the face of troubling Life & Mortality. It says so much in so little that it always bears reading 2 or 3 times at a sitting, ... or standing. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/17/2015 3:23:00 AM)

    IMO, one of literatures finest works....Most definitely in my own personal Top 10 all-time literary works (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain Melvina Germain (6/12/2015 8:16:00 PM)

    A gentle surge of somber beauty promoting solace and serenity..... (Report) Reply

  • Christine Stott (5/22/2015 5:34:00 PM)

    Me encanta (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet 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) . (Report) Reply

  • Panmelys Panmelys 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

  • Eric Epperson (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










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