Poetical Treats for Your Virtual Trick or Treat Bag

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October 28, 2014 by Ray Yanek

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Ideally this post should have gone up yesterday, as this is a post about the poet Dylan Thomas and yesterday was his 100th birthday.

For your trick-or-treat bags today then, I liked to hand out a poem of Dylan Thomas’s dylanpoem, which kind of feats with the dark overtones of the season.

First though, if yesterday’s treat gave you a craving for more quotations, is a link to a Telegraph article wherein writer Charlotte Runcie lists some of her favorite pieces of his poetry and a few notable quotes.

It seems as if Runcie has a touch of Fall fever too, as she starts her article with a piece from Thomas’s “Poem in October”:

 

My birthday began with the water–

Birds and birds of the winged trees flying my name

Above the farms and the white horses

and I rose

in rainy autumn

and walked abroad in a shower of all my days.

 

For the full article, click this sentence. There are also links here to Thomas reading his own work.  

 

 

The poem that I would like to share is one of his most famous and I’ve taught it hundreds of times, to all different levels of student in both literature and creative writing classes.

But I never get tired of it.  I never tire of the emotion and the power.

That poem is “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night”.  It’s an iconic work, one so well known that even pro wrestling has borrowed the poem (narrated by wrestling superstar John Cena) and incorporated it into a commercial for a new video game.

Click here to watch the advertisement.

As much as I want to not like it, I uh, can’t.  Cena reads it pretty well, I think.  Take away the game pieces and there are some interesting visuals.

Anyway, here’s Thomas’ villanelle in the original.:

 

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.

 

Source:  poets.org   http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/do-not-go-gentle-good-night



So if you’re familiar with Thomas what are your favorite works?  And what do you think of the wrestling promo?

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