“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage 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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One response to ““Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

  1. Dylan Thomas was born in Wales on 27 October 1914. He died in New York on 9 November 1953, aged 39 years, apparently from a combination of alcohol consumption, a chest condition and perhaps medical misadventure.
    Reputedly, his last words were, “After 39 years, this is all I’ve done.”
    This poem was written for his dying father.

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