Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

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Subject:
Poetry
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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Poem Annotation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zZWI6tJt7vcVr8_siHYh1stRd6Zq61O0WFEAEzjY0rk/edit?usp=sharing

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Dylan Thomas is a famous poet whose most famous poem is “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.” He was born in Swansea, South Wales on October 27th, 1914. His father, an English professor, would often recite Shakespeare to young Thomas before he was able to read. This is where his love for poems and the rhythm in English came from. He spoke fluent Welsh, but he preferred to write in English. As a teenager, Thomas neglected all of his school subjects besides English and eventually dropped out of school at sixteen. He had a troubled marriage with a woman named Caitlin Macnamara, who he lived with in London. Throughout his life, Thomas wrote a whole 9 books of poetry, one of them being In Country Sleep and Other Poems, which contains “Do not go gentle into that good night.”

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Do Not Go Gentle into that Good NightDylan ThomasDo 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 5Do 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, 10And 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. 15And 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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Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night

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Let the light of late afternoonshine through chinks in the barn, movingup the bales as the sun moves down.Let the cricket take up chafingas a woman takes up her needlesand her yarn. Let evening come.Let dew collect on the hoe abandonedin long grass. Let the stars appearand the moon disclose her silver horn.Let the fox go back to its sandy den.Let the wind die down. Let the shedgo black inside. Let evening come.To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoopin the oats, to air in the lunglet evening come.Let it come, as it will, and don'tbe afraid. God does not leave uscomfortless, so let evening come.

L e t E v e n i n g C o m e

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Dylan Thomas is British and was born into a Welsh Family. In 1952 Thomas took his family to Florence, Italy, and wrote many of his poems including his most famous poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.” There are no historical/cultural/political influences evident in the poem, but the way the poem was written is a little unfamiliar to some people, today.

N a t i o n a l i t y

The photo that we chose relates to the poem because in the picture, the man is walking downa road that symbolizes him going through life. Even though the lights in the picture are dimming and it is dark out, he is still walking which would symbolize him “raging against the dying of the light.”

This poem connects to the poem by Dylan Thomas, because both are talking about meeting death. However, they both are approching it in different ways. Thomas wants his father to fight it, and Kenyon almost welcomes it.

B i o g r a p h y

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Dylan thomas. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/150

Three poems about death. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://weavinganewlife.blogspot.com/2012/12/three-poems-about-death.html

Ed sheeran - autumn leaves. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858881205/

Dylan thomas: "do not go gentle into that good night". (n.d.). Retrieved from http://amandafrench.net/villanelle/?page_id=186

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The song Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran and the poem Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas, have the same connotation. Autumn Leaves is a sad song about a loved one who is dying/who has died, and Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night is a sad poem about a loved one, specifically Thomas’s father, who is dying.


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