Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight

 

Dylan Thomas

After that, I must post a Dylan Thomas poem. Here is one of his best known, a perfect villanelle entitled Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight.

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 the 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.

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2 Responses to “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight”

  1. Yes.

    Do not.

    And what a good photo of him too. I’ve only seen the puffy-with-drink ones, taken in his thirties.

  2. Silverangel2011 Says:

    This poem always makes me smile. I agree fight until the end.

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