Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Literary Tattoos: Dylan Thomas 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.

- From ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas

This tattoo was submitted by dylan Snow, who says:

Years ago when I showed this tattoo to my grandmother (who once kicked a man out of her house for having an earring) she told me she approved. It was her grandmother’s favorite poem and favorite poet.


  1. Kerry says

    One of my all-time favorite poems. I think this is a particularly meaningful quote to have inked on skin. I commend you!

    PS–I love the font!

  2. says

    Shaina, I'd love to see a shape-note-style tune with this passage — it is just about 180 degrees from the traditional shapenote attitude ("Death? Bring it on!").

  3. Harvin says

    I happened upon this website today (thanks to the "timshel" tattoo post), and this tattoo is the first one to really make me grin. This is a favorite poem of mine that always stays hidden away until a word or moment brings it back to the surface.

  4. Alicia says

    This is my favorite poem that Ive been meaning to get tattooed for quite awhile now thanks for the inspiration to finally go get it

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