Terrorists from Christchurch abused poem by Dylan Thomas


“Do not go gently into this good night.” The Christchurch-terrorists have one of the most widely read poems of Dylan Thomas quotes. The Poet certainly had no murders in mind when he wrote his work in 1947.

The unsigned Manifesto of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch opened with the most famous poem by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. It is known mainly for its first line “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, in English “Go not gentle into this good night”.

In his poem, Thomas repeatedly used the word “anger”, which could give the impression that the Poet is beckoned to the fight. But probably the poet wrote the lines for his dying father, whose illness he complained and implored him to cling to life.

“And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gently into this good night.
Rage, rage against the Dying of the light.”

As Thomas wrote the poem in 1947, he was looking to fight with many problems – poverty, an unhappy successful marriage and his alcohol.

The terrorists of Christchurch have been cited in a Manifesto of the Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas.

All 19 lines is one of the lyric poem, the Thomas in the Form of a “Villanelle”, a simple set, mostly three-part Italian farmers and shepherds song the 16. Century, has written. It is considered one of the most widely read English-language works in the world.

The first rock star of poetry

The 1914 Wales-born Thomas began after graduation to work at the age of 16 years, as a Journalist and published his first poems and stories. He became famous with his radio recordings for the BBC in the late 1940s.

His reading style in which he sang the words in a kind of sing, as it were, washed out – made him the first “rock star” of poetry, and also paved the way to the Beats of the 1950s, to today’s Poetry Slams. His work has influenced Bob Dylan. The representation of the poet was also one of the legendary figures on the Beatles Album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Dylan Thomas died in 1953 at the age of only 39 years in New York City.

Thomas admirer of Bob Dylan at a concert in 1969

Often cited in popular culture

Although the work “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” remains protected by copyright, appears the poem on various Websites and is widely used in pop culture. So Michael Caine’s character Professor John Brand in Christopher Nolan’s Science-Fiction-Film “Interstellar” (2014) recites the poem several times.

The Film tells the story of the impending extinction of humanity. In the movie “Independence Day” (1996) performs the fictional US President with a slightly modified Version of the famous sentence, is an attack on alien invaders: “We will not go quietly into the night”. The teacher, who Michelle Pfeiffer played in “Dangerous Minds” (1995), uses the poem in your class as a source of inspiration.

In 1954, the poem was set to music to orchestral music Igor Stravinsky set Thomas to a musical monument. In addition, it took advantage of John Cale in his Album “Words for the Dying” (1989). Music groups of all kinds have quoted the piece today in the Songs of the British Black Metal Band anaal NATHRAKH on the US Rapper G-Eazy to the Christian rock band Brave Saint Saturn.