Geek Smithology

October 8, 2005

MP3otW – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

Filed under: MP3 of the Week by Nathan @ 10:35 pm

(Editor’s Note — Yeah, I know; the MP3 of the week has become the MP3 of whenever Nathan feels like it. But I’ve been busy – last week I was at NFJS and the week before I was hanging out with the family. But I haven’t forgotten, and it’s back. I hope to do this every week, but it might end up being every second week. Sorry.)

When people ask me who my favourite poet is (admittedly, this happened infinitely more often when I was an English major than it has in my professional programming career), I almost always answer “Dylan.” Not Bob Dylan, but Dylan Thomas. I was first drawn to Mr. Thomas through one of the oddest poem titles I had ever seen in a book of classics: A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London. I wasn’t sure what to think, but it was a touching ode to the authour’s inability to find adequate words to pay tribute to the death of a child (can anyone? This is heavy stuff, folks.)

Like so many artists, Dylan died young (before he was 40 – his last words were reportedly “I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys, I think that’s a record.”) So, going in a completely different direction, today’s MP3 is Dylan Thomas reading what is probably his most famous peom, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t get much cooler than this.

One response to “MP3otW – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas”

  1. Jeff says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve heard it before and wanted to download it. Your site was the first that came up in Google, so thanks for posting it and making easy for me to get what I wanted.

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