What is a villanelle? The villanelle is a French poetic style that can be both fun and serious. One of the most famous villanelles was written by Dylan Thomas.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good nightA-1
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;b
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

A-2
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,a
Because their words had forked no lightning theyb
Do not go gentle into that good night.

A-1
Good men, the last wave by, crying how brighta
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bayb
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

A-2
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flighta
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its wayb
Do not go gentle into that good night.

A-1
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sighta
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,b
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

A-2
And you, my father, there on that sad heighta
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.b
Do not go gentle into that good night. A-1

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
A-2


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