Dylan Thomas: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Updated: Jan 26
Here is one of my all time favorite poems. It's a famous one, but I didn't hear it for the first time until watching 2014's "Interstellar". I had to stop the film and immediately look up the words I had just heard - brilliantly read by actor Michael Caine.
Here is Dylan Thomas' (1914 - 1953) "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night". Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night
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.
- Dylan Thomas
To hear a partial reading by Michael Caine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EDnlgnbWFM
To hear it read by Sir Anthony Hopkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnn9468vhwI
To hear it read by Dylan Thomas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mRec3VbH3w
To hear it read by Jonathan Pryce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2rjo0TmCiw
To hear it read by actor Richard Burton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DLqN1RvfUc