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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Dylan Thomas

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choose life
Added by: David
This poem isn't about death. It's about life despite death. It doesn't lend its energy to fatalism but instead challenges mortality with the will-power of the life force. Thomas shares with the Romantics a morbid fascination with the transcience of nature, but unlike Shelley or Wordsworth he doesn't simply lament this sad fact of life. Instead, Thomas advocates the fierce raging against any kind of suicidal submission. The message here is that it is just because life is transient that one must grasp at every passing moment with strength and intensity.
Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Nig
Added by: Russ Henkel
He is not raging against dying, he is saying to live your life to the fullest, as the individual who used the Carpe Diem mantions. Don't become the instrument of your own destruction. If we all lived like this poem suggests, we wouldn't be as fat, out of shape, or stupid as we currently are. Get off your butts and exercise, so you have the physical capacity to rage against the dying of the light. Use your heads and stop eating excessively and smoking or the light will die all too soon. Love life and it will love you.
Added by: Kerri
I agree with most of the earlier comments. Dylan Thomas is writing about the different kinds of men who come face to face with death. I won't repeat what the different stanzas represent, but, I will say that he is talking about death. The 'dying of the light' and 'that good night' are both endings to the day and, in this case, to the end of life. The last stanza is filled with Dylan's sadness that his father is dying of cancer and her urges him not to go gently in death and to rage against it with all his power.
Don't read into it too much.
Added by: Dylan
Well, Michael, people--with their different cultures, different up-bringings, and different traumas and blessings--have different personal interpretations, but there is one irrefutable meaning to DNGG: mourning and the denial that comes with it. Every time you read this poem, or any poem, read it as though it's the first time, and admit, or as may be pretend, that you know nothing about it. If you read more than just this one, you can get a feel for Thomas's method of thought, which will make it easier to read everything of his.


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