Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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.

by Dylan Thomas

Comments (212)

The poet had spoken the real truth of life what we ignore or fear to adorn.
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. One of the best Villanelle I've ever read, and ever written myself.
The poem is considered by many to be the best example of a “villanelle”. Check out the rules of the structure; It’s pretty amazing.
a very fine poem.. from the great DYlan.. tony
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