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what is the name of the poem that has this in it? do not go gentle into that fair night
-- Anonymous, August 07, 2001
It isn't Poe. I thought it was Yeats or Dylan Thomas, but suddenly I can't find it. It may refer back to an earlier poem on aging and death. Aging wasn't Poe's problem. Nor would he likely phrase that sentiment in those words. Benign sleep wrapped in memories(To Annie)still contains the element of realistic horror outside the protests of the narrator. A vertigo like horror and repulsion when visited by some spirit from over that dark shore OR intense defiant hope and comfort in the star eyes of the beloved in heaven. Actually dying is something- surprisingly- the narrators of the tales and poems generally avoid.
-- Anonymous, August 11, 2001
Dylan Thomas--"Do Not Go Gentle 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
-- Anonymous, September 19, 2004