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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night


by Dylan Thomas

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Old Age Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (line)

Quote #1

Old age should burn and rave at close of day; (line 2)

It's pretty obvious from this line that the speaker thinks the elderly should fight death with all their remaining strength. But there's also a subtle implication here – they usually don't. That's why old age "should burn and rave," instead of "does burn and rave." Usually, the speaker knows, the aged slip away peacefully. This really bothers him; he doesn't want there to be anything peaceful about it.

Quote #2

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, (lines 13-14)

Being close to death seems to make it possible for old men to have a special revelation – that, even in death, they can live with a fiery intensity and find a strange, ecstatic happiness.

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