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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Dylan Thomas

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Added by: Will
Though the four mentioned types of men whom Thomas describes, do most likely in fact represent aspects of the father, they more importantly represent aspects of the narrator himself and more importantly the fact that he loathes and is fearful of these aspects coming to fruit.
Simply this:
Added by: Dylan
The point is well established that this poem is about Thomas's father; but I have to, again, give a historical fact check to all: Thomas's father was known as a feisty, concientious, at times pompous, tenacious, relentless, usually short tempered man. When he was diagnosed with cancer it is said that he became more humble, lost the fire in his eyes and grew wrinkles in his suit, and there is, I believe, more reason than anything else to interpret this poem as Thomas's dry cry for the loss of that part of him that he loved.

I'm sorry I've filled this post with so much bias and emotion.

Added by: Dylan
As most here have said before me, these were four qualities of his father.

Wise men: His father's father wanted D.J. to become a schoolmaster, but D.J. resisted for a while, meaning to be a man of letters, but finally filled a study wtih books and taught at a private school. He apparently "forked no lightning."

Good Men: D.J. always thought that he was treated unfairly considering the man he was and the things he did.

Wild Men: D.J. rushed into marriage, and as a result had an unhappy one.

Grave Men: D.J. was always bitter, always a cynic; Dylan took after that.

This is not an attempt to totally discredit you;I don't have that right or authority.In fact I think I may be walking on thicker grass than you are.

Still, I hold to my conviction that he is mourning, rather--or more--than singing a song of encouragement (Remember that this poem never met D.J.'s eyes, and was never meant to) or singing a proclamation of philisophical theory.

-Dylan Talley
"Decent Villanelle"
Added by: Alice
In response to previous entries regarding villanelles, another good villanelle is Sylvia Plath's "The Mad Girl's Love Song". I adore villanelles and this is one of my favourites, as is 'Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night' and 'One Art'.
to martin rocek
Added by: jf
look into jared carter. he wrote an entire book of villanelles. and good ones.
lol, Too Many Meaning for this
Added by: Michael
My friend said there is one, but i still cant get it, does this mean do not fear others, because they are different, I thought it meant live life too the full, but i am incorrect there, u see my friend thinks i lack confidence therefore thinks ill never get the meaning of this poem, I am bad at english, whether this is for the more intellectual mind or for a normal person with a bad IQ it really is frustrating. The Way I look at it is everyone has there own way to percieve this, unless i am wrong could someone prove this!
one of the great poems by one of the great poets
Added by: Linnea
this poem is a fantastic introduction to anyone who has not previously read any work by dylan thomas. his poems are sometimes considered too complicated to understand, but this poem has a sense of openness that is rare in poetry, and very beautiful.
Added by: Sabrina
"Do not go gentle into that goodnight" is an intricate poem. It involves the subject of death, the afterlife. What it is trying to say is that everyone knows that they are going to die, but when they do, they don't want to go. They want to keep the good times rolling. When they know they are going to die, they want to stay alive for the happy memories, the good times.

This poem is like a prayer for his father. It's as if his father is about to die and he doesn't want to lose him. Dylan Thomas wants his father to Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Added by: bobby
i find plath's "Madgirl's Love Song" a much better villanelle. i don't see how this vilanelle is more famous.
Added by: Joe W
Some poems can be summarised in one line of their contents, or even a few profound words or phrases. This poem's sentimental core does seem to be the great combination of "fierce tears", firstly as a sibilant internal rhyme, but followed semantically; how often do tears come in a 'fierce' fashion? The sense of grief evoked by these two carefully selected words is not only directed to mourn the imminent passing of his father, but also to lament Thomas' own shortcomings in life as an admission of limited success. May his memories not go gentle into that good night.

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