The poem encourages the dying—the sick and the elderly—to fight bravely against death. The poem also celebrates the vibrancy and energy of human life, even though life is fragile and short. Do not go Though wise men Good men, the Wild men who Grave men, near And you, my
It has been suggested that the poem was written for Thomas' dying father, although he did not die until just before Christmas The poem currently remains under copyright , [note 1] although the text is available online. The villanelle consists of five stanzas of three lines tercets followed by a single stanza of four lines a quatrain for a total of nineteen lines. See scheme below. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Poem by Dylan Thomas. Copyright , Dylan Thomas. Copyright , , , , , the Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas. Copyright , , , , New Directions Publishing Corp. Academy of American Poets.
The Full Text of “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.
He believes that those who cry have not shown much brilliance in life. Hence, if they can survive longer, they would be able to achieve more success. It means those who actually live out their lives will better see how life has been bright for them, before going towards the sleep of death. The speaker emphasizes that older men should fight fiercely and strongly against death.