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"Do not go gentle into that goodnight"

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Do not go gentle into that good night is a villanelle poem by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Originally published in the journal Botteghe Oscure in 1951, it has also appeared in Thomas' 1952 collection In Country Sleep and other poems. The poem was originally written for Thomas' dying father and has no title other than its first line, which serves as a refrain throughout the poem. The poem's other equally famous refrain is "Rage, rage against the dying of the light".

The first three lines of the poem are recited several times by Dr. John Brand throughout the film and is featured in the third theatrical trailer for Interstellar. Professor Brand is heavily associated with referencing the poem throughout the Lazarus and Endurance missions.

Poem textEdit

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 that 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.

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