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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night


by Dylan Thomas

Stanza 5 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Lines 13-15

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

  • The speaker describes the way that "Grave men" fight their impending death.
  • Notice the pun on "grave," which could either mean that the men are very serious, or that they are dying.
  • These serious dying guys realize that, even though they are weak and losing their faculty of sight, they can still use what strength they have to rage against death.
  • So, even though their eyes are going blind, these men can "see," metaphorically speaking, with an overwhelming certainty or "blinding sight," that they still have a lot of power over the way they die, even if not the timing.
  • Instead of getting snuffed like candles, they can "blaze like meteors" (line 14). They're planning to go out with a bang.

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