A radio message from the Andromeda galaxy, over a million light years away, is picked up by a radio telescope, and turns out to be the blueprints and assembly instructions for an alien supercomputer.
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.
Perhaps Thomas told Bishop he was writing a villanelle; perhaps Bishop told Thomas she was writing a villanelle—there is no telling which way the influence ran, if there was indeed such an influence. Nineteenth-century poets who wanted to write a villanelle had generally had particular aesthetic agendas in mind.
Joyce and Pound in the earlier decades of the twentieth century had alluded to the villanelle only to repudiate such ineffective and outgrown impulses with proper scorn. With the fading of these aesthetic debates, writing a villanelle ceased to be a sectarian activity.
Empson, Auden, Thomas, and finally Bishop might more truly be said to have demonstrated the range of the villanelle, as McFarland puts it, than Pound and Joyce—but the reputation of the form was not a serious concern for them, as it had been for the post-Romantic poets and their modernist conquerors, and as it would be again in nineteen-eighties and nineteen-nineties in the debates sparked by New Formalism The mid-century poets approached the form ahistorically and apolitically.
This shared impulse did not have the exact character of a movement because it was purely individualist. At the same time, it did reflect an underlying premise: The mid-century poets themselves aspired to such consummate infallibility.
Technical mastery, for the mid-century modernists, amounted to a metaphor for or signifier of the intellectual and emotional mastery of the poet over existential uncertainties. Certain hours were fixed for writing, certain hours for reading, certain points of the day for eating, and certain times for receiving his friends or going out.
Eventually Auden would return to Christianity as the most stable of philosophical ordering systems.
The Prologue is in two verses—in my manuscript, a verse to a page—of 51 lines each. And the second verse rhymes backward with the first. Critics such as R. Love, money, family, health, reputation: Thomas had serious trouble with them all in the years toas the many biographies of him recount in relished or fastidious detail.
Perhaps most worrisome of all, Thomas had long been struggling to finish writing projects: When younger he had had the habit of returning for inspiration to the notebooks he had written at the age of eighteen, in what seemed to be the least labored episode of composition of his life.
Always a victim to the fear that he could not accomplish anything new, perhaps he returned to something he knew for certain he had accomplished once before—even if only in jest. The concluding quatrain becomes imperative again, and yet the refrain does not alter.
Every refrain is thus generically explicable according to the rules of argument and is at the same time syntactically appropriate, even apparently necessary. And Thomas, unlike Auden, does not attempt to loosen that strict form: Similarly, the lyric does not suggest that the fixed forms of civilized social behavior have been or should be imposed upon unruly emotion.
The lyric instead makes rage in the face of imminent and inexorable death seem natural, reasonable, inevitable. As, surely, it is.The narrator of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is clearly deeply attached to his father, urging him to "rage, rage" and fight against the end of life.
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Comparing Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and After a Time Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" and Catherine Davis' "After a Time" demand comparison: Davis' poem was written in deliberate response to Thomas'.