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.

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.

Form: Villanelle


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    Dylan Thomas, indeed a very bright light.(Report)Reply

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    Rage or don't rage - it makes no difference! Best trust in the one who conquered death that we might have eternal life.(Report)Reply

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    Too true Dylan! Too true!
    You were a poet wat ahead of his time.
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    Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I will never tire of reading any of Dylan Thomas's great works.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 10, 2016