Sarah is the mastermind behind What Sarah Read a book blog you might recognize from her Home for the Holidays series last December as well as the signature mood boards she includes with her Book Feels posts.
Today Sarah is here to talk about her personal connection to “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.
When Emma sent out the call for entries for her Poetically Speaking feature in celebration of National Poetry Month, the excitement and desire to take part was immediate. Not only did I know I wanted to contribute a guest post, but I knew instantly what poem I wanted to share with all of you. Thanks so much to Emma for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful feature, and happy National Poetry Month to all of you poetry enthusiasts out there.
I selected “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas for its passion, beauty and rage, and the fact that it’s such a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit.
Whenever I need the inspiration to live my best life, I read this and think of my father. This poem was read at his funeral, and so perfectly captures the way in which he approached life. It helps me to focus on the legacy he left behind and to celebrate that every day.
“Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight”
This line in particular always sets me off, instant goose bumps, and isn’t that what makes poetry so special? The way a simple verse, rhyme or sonnet can harness the full power of words, by putting them together in a way that reaches deep into your soul and pulls out a memory, feeling or emotion. For me, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” reminds me of my father and all of the spirituality, zest for life and sense of wonder he brought into my world.
Today, in celebration of National Poetry Month, I urge you to think about a poem or collection of poems that inspire you to live your best life. What are the words you try to live by? Finding a poem that touches you in this way is such a special feeling and my hope is that my guest post today inspires you to find those words that speak to your soul.
Thank you again to Sarah for this post (about one of my own favorite poems)!
If you want to see more of her writing, be sure to check out her blog: http://whatsarahread.com