What is is Dylan Thomas really saying?

In the poem “Do not go gentle into that Good night? How did you interpret Dylans words in this poem? Does he mean that we are not to give into death, and we must fight with all our might?

6 thoughts on “What is is Dylan Thomas really saying?

  1. Wales most famous poet. Dyan Thomas. It means rage against the dying of the light. It about dying Great poem

  2. I think he is saying that the wisest people know that death is coming…that they know when it is time to die…but that we should go out with a bang, so to speak. Don’t go gently….but go when it’s right. Not necessarily fighting death, but being remembered.

  3. ok first i think we should have the poem in front of us:

    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 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.

    I think he means, fight for what you believe. Stand up for yourself. Do not fear change, (or death), it’s not only OK to get angry and challenge previous ideas, but completely Human to do so. “Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light” the ‘dying of the light’ could mean death as in the Final End, as in though you may know you are going to die, don’t give up on life. Or it could be in a poetic sense referring to a change of mindstate, as in don’t give up because you feel others have more control over your own destiny.

  4. We (my college Composition 2 class) discussed this poem.

    Our text book stated that Thomas wrote the poem about his ailing father, while his father was on his deathbed, so to speak. Thomas was supposedly angry about his father’s forthcoming death and he felt that his father was giving up by accepting his death instead of fighting it. He felt that his father should have given death the, as one of my classmates stated “…proverbial middle finger salute.” instead of just letting go and dying peacefully.

    You can find an analysis of the poem online at http://www.geocities.com/classicpoetry/dtdonotgogentle.html

    Personally, I felt the poem was pretty straight forward and quite frank and that there is little room for interpretation. Thomas spelled out his meaning quite clearly.

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