Interstellar and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

I saw Interstellar tonight and overall found it very moving and enjoyable.  As soon as I figure out what the hell happened, I’ll give it an actual review.  In the meantime, I wanted to share the text of the poem that featured prominently throughout the film:

DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT

BY: Dylan Thomas

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.

If you’re one of the 3-5 regular readers of this blog not including my Aunt Gertrude, you might remember I provided some analysis of this poem earlier this year.  Check it out by clicking here.

At its heart, the poem is about clinging to life even when death is imminent, but the lesson applies to encourage readers to keep trying to achieve goals even when thing appear bleak and unlikely.  The poem fits in the film – the characters face the imminent demise of Planet Earth, yet try to achieve the unlikely goal of finding a new planet for the human race to live on.  The astronauts/main characters have the unlikely task of exploring parts of space heretofore never visited by man and though there’s a high probability of death, they push on anyway.

Thanks Hollywood, for incorporating a classic poem in your latest film.

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14 thoughts on “Interstellar and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

  1. […] starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.  Here’s a fun anonomaly:  the other day I posted the text of “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight” by Dylan Thomas, a poem that features prominently in that […]

  2. Loved the movie. Great poem.Cheers from India!

  3. bendingoverbookwards says:

    Haven’t seen the movie yet, but love the poem so even more excited to watch it now!

  4. jjspina says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the like. Haven’t seen the movie Interstellar yet. Heard mixed reviews of it. Best wishes with your blog.

  5. I am not, on the whole a huge lover of Dylan Thomas. I do, however derive tremendous pleasure from this particular poem. I am not, on the whole a huge lover of Dylan Thomas. I do, however derive tremendous pleasure from this particular poem.

  6. Reblogged this on Bookshelf Battle and commented:

    Just felt the need for a reblog. It was a great movie, and to my surprise, this has been one of my more popular posts.

  7. The Butcher says:

    I’m considering going to see it for the 2nd time, while it’s still on the big screen.

  8. There is an amazing book titled ‘Do not go Gentle’ by David Mac Cuish. crica 1960, a Vietnam era story. I read this back in the 70’s. it remains one of my favorite books and is well worth reading. (ASIN B0007DW7E2)

    The Dylan Thomas theme of clinging to the hope & want of life in the face of death is pertinent here, as it would be. Just thought I would mention it!

  9. mgm75 says:

    It’s a wonderful film and will probably undergo great analysis on my blog once I’ve had a second viewing. It came close to being a little saccharine sweet, but ultimately the heavy concept stuff saved it.

    • I loved it! Not sure about the ending, don’t want to give away any spoilers to people reading who may not have seen it, though I’m not sure how they could have ended it differently either.

  10. booguloo says:

    thanks for stopping by and the follow!

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