Interpretation of Poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” – Dylan Thomas
Though all four men lived unalike lives, at the end of their lives, they come to the same conclusions: they should not base their identities on their youth, and they can live a wholesome life in their old age.
Every artist has their “most famous work,” and for Dylan Thomas, that poem is almost certainly Do not go gentle into that good night, the otherwise untitled poem (“Do not go gentle into that good night” is the first line of the work) that is certainly one of his most powerful works. The poem was initially published in a literary journal in 1951, and in one of Thomas’s own volumes the next year. It is a noticeably dark poem, concerning itself with the end of life, and of the personal struggle to hang onto life for as long as possible.
A villanelle is hard to get right but this example by Dylan Thomas is considered to be one of the best, the least contrived.
«Dylan Thomas». Academy of American Poets (en inglés). «He took his family to Italy, and while in Florence
Ferris, Paul (1989). Dylan Thomas, A Biography. Nueva York: Paragon House. p. 283. ISBN 1-55778-215-6.
Dylan Thomas: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night». BBC Wales. 6.11.2008.