History Literature / DoNotGoGentleIntoThatGoodNight

8th Mar '17 10:14:08 AM DustSnitch
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A poem by Creator/DylanThomas about struggling against death, at a time when Thomas's father is suffering from an illness that would be his end. It's related to a RousingSpeech, albeit more of the passionate kind than the stirring kind.

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A poem by Creator/DylanThomas about struggling against death, at a time when Thomas's father is was suffering from an illness that would be his end. It's related to a RousingSpeech, albeit more of the passionate kind than the stirring kind.
8th Mar '17 10:10:46 AM DustSnitch
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A poem by Creator/DylanThomas to his dying father. The point of the poem is basically to not [[DespairEventHorizon give up in the face of despair]]. It's related to a RousingSpeech, albeit more of the passionate kind than the stirring kind.

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A poem by Creator/DylanThomas to about struggling against death, at a time when Thomas's father is suffering from an illness that would be his dying father. The point of the poem is basically to not [[DespairEventHorizon give up in the face of despair]]. end. It's related to a RousingSpeech, albeit more of the passionate kind than the stirring kind.



* AnAesop: The message of the poem is basically to not [[DespairEventHorizon give up in the face of despair]].



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* ''Against the Dying of the Light''.
* Appears in mangled form in the RousingSpeech in ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
-->'''The President: "We will not go quietly into the night!"
* Referenced in ''Film/GloryDaze'':
-->'''Jack''': "Let's rage at the dying of the light a little bit."
* From ''Film/TheRundown'':
-->'''Declan:''' [right before a van blows up during a gun fight] Rage, rage... against the dying of the light... for there shall be no mercy... for any force that stands... blocking this path of his righteousness! BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA-TA-DA!
* Rodney Dangerfield's character in ''Film/BackToSchool'' recites the poem leading to his moment of triumph during his examination to avoid expulsion.
* ''Film/DangerousMinds'' featured this poem being recited back to the depressed teacher by her (remaining) students. She had been ready to quit, feeling broken by the loss and deaths of several students, but those who were still there reminded her that she had made a difference for them and they still needed her.
--> "Why did you change your mind about leaving?"\\
"[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming They called me their 'light']] "
* Quoted directly and repeatedly by Michael Caine's character in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' to the point where it becomes a borderline MadnessMantra. [[spoiler: He's not raging against his own personal death, but the death of the entire human race. Dr. Mann also quotes it, but for him it really is just about his own personal fear of death.]]

[[AC:Literature]]
* The title of Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's novel ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight'' is taken from this poem. It's appropriate, taking place on a dying planet, among people of a dying culture and revolving around dying or dead relationships. [[CaptainObvious It is not a cheerful novel.]]
* The last stanza appears as an {{epigraph}} for the Tennessee Williams play ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'', which is about a man whose father is dying.
* Quoted in Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel.
* Referenced in the title of the last ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' book, ''The Dying of the Light''.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* The line "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" is quoted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Shakespeare Code." Shakespeare likes it, but the Doctor tells him it belongs to another person.
* "Dying of the Light" is the title of an episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* Referenced in the title of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'''s series finale.

[[AC:MusicAndSoundEffects]]
* Anaal Nathrakh uses "Against the Dying of the Light" as the title for the last track on their album ''Domine Non Es Dignus'', which uses the poem as lyrics.
* Compliments of Gus put the poem to music on their album "There and Somewhere Here".
* Quoted in the Music/SleepytimeGorillaMuseum song "Sleep Is Wrong".
* "Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age" from Gustav Holst's "The Planets" conveys this for most of the piece.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', [[spoiler: Vayne]] gives one of these.
* It's roughly quoted in one of the flashbacks in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', when Lightning and Sazh meet for the first time while getting in line for the [[InferredHolocaust Purge]] train.
--> '''Sazh:''' ''"You don't seem to be someone to go gently into that silent night."''
--> '''Lightning:''' ''"If you are looking for a silent ride, [[BadassBoast you better get the next train]]."''
* For a [[RuleOfThree third consecutive]] example from Final Fantasy, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has a quest called "Against The Dying of the Light". [[spoiler: it deals with you and a group of NPCs working to stop a group of [[TheFundamentalist extremists]] from killing hostages]]
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' the champion Aatrox quotes one of the lines from this poem:
--> '''Aatrox''': ''[[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/leagueoflegends/images/0/02/Aatrox.attack10.ogg "Rage against the dying of the light."]]''

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* Mentioned by [[TheSmartGuy Princess Bubblegum]] in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime.''
8th Mar '17 9:54:53 AM DustSnitch
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* DarkIsEvil: The fall of night is something rage-inducing and an attempt must be made to stop it.

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* DarkIsEvil: DarkIsNotEvil: Even though the poem calls upon people to angrily resist the darkness that is death, it makes note that "wise men know the dark is right," and from the first line the night is described as "good."
* DarknessEqualsDeath:
The fall of night is something rage-inducing and an attempt used to represent the impending death men must be made to stop it.fight against.


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* HavingAGayOldTime: The third line of the fifth stanza says "be gay" as if to reference happiness instead of the modern use of the term to describe homosexuality.
27th Feb '17 3:21:04 PM DustSnitch
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Old age should burn and rave at close of day;\\



->''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.''
27th Feb '17 11:08:09 AM DustSnitch
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* CompleteTheQuoteTitle: The title of the poem is also the first half of the opening line.
* DarkIsEvil: The fall of night is something rage-inducing and an attempt must be made to stop it.
* {{Determinator}}: The speaker is calling his father and the universal audience to take the example of the wise men and the wild men, who struggled to live until their final moments.


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* LightIsGood: The death of the light is something to be resisted and fought to the last breath.
* RousingSpeech: The poem itself is a speech that calls the subject to face adversity and not surrender in it's wake.
18th Jul '16 12:21:35 PM StFan
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* The last stanza appears as an {{epigraph}} for the Tennessee Williams play ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'', which is about a man whose father is dying.

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* The last stanza appears as an {{epigraph}} for the Tennessee Williams play ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'', ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'', which is about a man whose father is dying.
9th Jun '16 5:11:08 PM nombretomado
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* Referenced in the title of ''{{Roseanne}}'''s series finale.

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* Referenced in the title of ''{{Roseanne}}'''s ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'''s series finale.
20th Nov '15 1:10:43 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' the champion Aatrox quotes one of the lines from this poem:
--> '''Aatrox''': ''[[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/leagueoflegends/images/0/02/Aatrox.attack10.ogg "Rage against the dying of the light."]]''
13th Nov '15 7:50:11 PM MorningStar1337
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* For a [[RuleOfThree third consecutive]] example from Final Fantasy, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has a quest called "Against The Dying of the Light" beginning with heavensward's first content patch. [[spoiler: it deals with you and a group of NPCs working to stop a group of [[TheFundamentalist extremists]] from killing hostages]]

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* For a [[RuleOfThree third consecutive]] example from Final Fantasy, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has a quest called "Against The Dying of the Light" beginning with heavensward's first content patch.Light". [[spoiler: it deals with you and a group of NPCs working to stop a group of [[TheFundamentalist extremists]] from killing hostages]]
13th Nov '15 7:49:26 PM MorningStar1337
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* For a [[RuleOfThree third consecutive]] example from Final Fantasy, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has a quest called "Against The Dying of the Light" beginning with heavensward's first content patch. [[spoiler: it deals with you and a group of NPCs working to stop a group of [[TheFundamentalist extremists]] from killing hostages]]
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