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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Keeper of Light (---.texoma.net)
Date: August 11, 2003 04:25PM

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 grive 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, less, 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 absolutely love this poem. It is so powerful! I have heard parts of it in a song that I adore. Really well done! I just wish that the author was not unknown. Does anyone else have any opinions about this poem?


"Loving people is like farting in the wind; You don't actually accomplish anything, but you feel better."

~The Great and Powerful Angelia~


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: August 11, 2003 04:33PM

If you'd like to hear a recital of the poem go here:

[www.poets.org] />

Les


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Tigermonkey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 11, 2003 05:15PM

AUTHOR UNKNOWN???? What??? It's one of Dylan Thomas' finest!



Post Edited (08-11-03 16:15)


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: August 12, 2003 02:39AM

For Evan another Dylan Thomas:


And Death Shall Have No Dominion


And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on the racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.

Les


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Talia (216.117.98.---)
Date: August 12, 2003 02:47PM

I am so sure that I saw a movie some years ago, it is a moern movie and I am thinking it starred some teen hearthrob like Brad Pitt or something, where this poem (Do Not Go Gentle..) was a theme. I can rememer the "rage, rage.. line being recited throughout the movie. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Maybe I have just lost it.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 12, 2003 03:08PM

Five Weddings and a Funeral is the most likely guess. Folks were always asking for it on the old LQ site.

I was wrong. Tigermonkey says so, I've never seen the film.



Post Edited (08-14-03 13:23)


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Tigermonkey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 12, 2003 03:53PM

Linda, I think what they used to ask for was "Stop all the clocks," (Funeral Blues, WH Auden in case anyone was wondering). And you've got an extra wedding there... thought I was the only one who got senior moments! (And I'm not even a senior. Better think up an excuse quick.)

"Do not go gentle..." used to come up pretty often though. I don't remember anyone asking for it in association with a film, though. Hmm, I feel a bit of research coming on...


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 12, 2003 06:24PM

You're right there. My excuse for senior moments is that I've started the countdown to retirement. OK, so a while yet, but I can dream (mostly of holidays in term time {I'm ancilliary staff.})


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: rikki (---.carlnfd1.nsw.optusnet.com.au)
Date: August 12, 2003 07:24PM

I vaguely remember the same thing Talia... maybe 'The Devil's Own'? Brad Pitt played an IRA terrorist and i think he dies at the end of the movie.
r.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Keeper of Light (---.texoma.net)
Date: August 13, 2003 03:37PM

This one is in part of the song too. Thanks Les.


"Loving people is like farting in the wind; You don't actually accomplish anything, but you feel better."

~The Great and Powerful Angelia~


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Fie! (---.aiubh.com)
Date: August 14, 2003 01:31PM

The poem was also featured in the movie "Dangerous Minds" starring Michelle Phiffer. She is teaching a group of inner city kids. One of my favorite movies. The power of educators!


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Talia (216.117.99.---)
Date: August 14, 2003 03:57PM

Yes, Dangerous Minds! That is the movie I am thinking of! No Brad Pitt. Am I too young for a senior moment?


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Tigermonkey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 14, 2003 04:26PM

"My excuse for senior moments is that I've started the countdown to retirement."
Ah, Linda, what a good excuse. Unfortunately by the time I get to retire they'll have pushed the retirement age back to 90.
Actually my memory is probably being affected by the stress of potty-training (my little Treasure, not me) and chronic sleep deprivation because she doesn't like monsters and her teddy's got lost down the side of the bed. They tell me I'll look back on all this and laugh one day.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 14, 2003 04:33PM

We at least left home and gave our parents some peace. My eldest came home from uni a couple of years ago and hasn't gone away. The youngest is still at school.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 18, 2003 03:18PM

"And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one ... "
(Dylan Thomas)

Could that be the source of the title "The Naked and the Dead"?

Anybody have a better idea?


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 18, 2003 05:40PM


Shakespeare. It's always Shakespeare.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 18, 2003 05:42PM

No, it isn't always Shakespear (even if this time it is), the rest of the time its the Bible.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Chesil (---.client.attbi.com)
Date: August 18, 2003 07:04PM

Or, as Dorothy Parker wrote:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: dennis (---.gardena-04rh16rt.ca.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 19, 2003 11:35AM

John Newman is a well known name-the poem looks promising.
I would like to see the whole. Perhaps we can find it on the net.
Thanks for the dylan poem-just delicious. best dlc


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Tandy (---.networkrichmond.com)
Date: August 19, 2003 06:04PM

"The Pillar of the Cloud" by John Henry Newman:

Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home--
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet: I do not ask to see
The distant scene,--one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I lov'd to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I lov'd the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride rul'd my will: remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath bless'd me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have lov'd long since, and lost awhile.


(This is also sung as a hymn, known as "Lead, Kindly Light," sung to the hymn tune "Lux benigna" or the alternate tune "Sandon.")


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Elliot (149.123.60.---)
Date: August 29, 2003 06:11PM

Keeper,

"Do not go gentle into that good night" is a very well known poem, however, as one of your adoring fans says:

Keeper, I'm an adoring fan,
But for a rule here you must plan -
To include the author and date,
Or suffer an exile's fate.

Haldorn Flamergushen (1818)


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Terry (166.7.81.---)
Date: August 30, 2003 05:10PM

It is also the title of a book that was written by a cancer victim who refused to be killed by his disease. I have read it twice this year.
Inspiration is valuable.


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Terry (166.7.81.---)
Date: August 30, 2003 05:11PM

and so long as we quote Mr. Thomas, let us not forget,
"When I was a young man, studying for the gallows"


Re: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Posted by: Keeper of Light (---.texoma.net)
Date: September 15, 2003 05:27PM

Elliot,
Sorry! I didn't mean to make you angry! It is nice to know I have an adoring fan, I guess.
When I posted this I didn't know the author and all that stuff!
Terry,
You finally got in on a discussion. I'm proud of you! Lots of love!


"Loving people is like farting in the wind; You don't actually accomplish anything, but you feel better."

~The Great and Powerful Angelia~




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