Literature / Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

A poem by Dylan Thomas about struggling against death, at a time when Thomas's father was suffering from an illness that would be his end. It's related to a Rousing Speech, albeit more of the passionate kind than the stirring kind.

The poem is untitled, with the first line being the unofficial one.

Contains Examples Of:

  • An Aesop: The message of the poem is basically to not give up in the face of despair.
  • Complete-the-Quote Title: The title of the poem is also the first half of the opening line.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: 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."
  • Darkness Equals Death: The fall of night is used to represent the impending death men must fight against.
  • 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.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: The Trope Namer.
  • Having a Gay Old Time: 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.
  • Light Is Good: The death of the light is something to be resisted and fought to the last breath.
  • Rousing Speech: The poem itself is a speech that calls the subject to face adversity and not surrender in it's wake.

Alternative Title(s): Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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