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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.

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

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

    Rookie - 0 Points 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.

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  • Rookie - 161 Points 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

  • Rookie - 12 Points 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

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Poems About Light

  1. 1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. Light , Rabindranath Tagore
  3. 3. The Charge Of The Light Brigade , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  4. 4. Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines , Dylan Thomas
  5. 5. There's A Certain Slant Of Light (258) , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Light Shining Out Of Darkness , William Cowper
  7. 7. The Colours Of Light , Dorothea Mackellar
  8. 8. The Changing Light , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  9. 9. A Light Exists In Spring , Emily Dickinson
  10. 10. Ecstasy , Duncan Campbell Scott
  11. 11. No Difference , Shel Silverstein
  12. 12. Let The Light Enter , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  13. 13. Cinema Screen , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  14. 14. The Fury Of Sunrises , Anne Sexton
  15. 15. One Of Twain , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  16. 16. This , Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
  17. 17. Broadway , Lola Ridge
  18. 18. Aubade , Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell
  19. 19. But Men Loved Darkness Rather Than Light , Richard Crashaw
  20. 20. Altars Of Light , Pierre Joris
  21. 21. Lighting One Candle , Yosa Buson
  22. 22. The Secret Of Light , James Arlington Wright
  23. 23. That One Far Shining Light Of Lights , David Taylor
  24. 24. Light Is , David Taylor
  25. 25. And The Others , David Berman
  26. 26. Seeing The Light , Frederick Kambemba Yamusangie
  27. 27. Slanting Light , Arthur Sze
  28. 28. A Light Says Why , Karen Volkman
  29. 29. Gitanjali , Rabindranath Tagore
  30. 30. The Georgics , Virgil
  31. 31. The Last Oracle , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  32. 32. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  33. 33. The Eve Of Revolution , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  34. 34. The House Of Dust: Complete , Conrad Potter Aiken
  35. 35. Thurso’s Landing , Robinson Jeffers
  36. 36. Epilogue , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  37. 37. Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. , William Cowper
  38. 38. Ethereal Broken , Unwritten Soul
  39. 39. From The Cantata For N. F. S. Grundtvig , Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  40. 40. Are Einstein's Views On Relativity And E.. , Lonnie Hicks
  41. 41. And Here Comes Dark , Yasmin Rubayo
  42. 42. ' Summer Light... ' , MoonBee Canady
  43. 43. “light” , Ray Lucero
  44. 44. A Poem On Divine Revelation , Hugh Henry Brackenridge
  45. 45. The Dream , Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Nor ..
  46. 46. Athens: An Ode , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  47. 47. The Loves Of The Angels , Thomas Moore
  48. 48. Einstein May Have Been Wrong-What Does I.. , Lonnie Hicks
  49. 49. The Troubadour. Canto 3 , Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  50. 50. Einstein And Space-Time-Updated 5-6-2010 , Lonnie Hicks
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