Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Summary

Dylan Thomas

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Summary

In "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," the speaker entreats people to "rage, rage against the dying of the light." In essence, he argues that everyone will die, but that we shouldn't make it easy for death to take us.

  • The speaker repeatedly entreats readers not to "go gentle into that good night" (death).

  • He says that wise men eventually learn that death is inevitable, and that good men should rage against their deaths.

  • In the end, the speaker asks his ailing father not die.

Summary

Lines 1-3:
The first tercet introduces the poem's theme; it also introduces the two recurring refrains that end alternate...

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