June 29th, 2012

♦ no ships like partnerships

Stargate Atlantis meta(ish) thoughts

I was commenting on a post over at sga_squee, when the words "rage rage" popped into my head. I couldn't remember the rest of the poem, so I looked it up. It's Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. The full poem:

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And I realized that the feel of the poem fit the Tauri so amazingly well.

I'm reminded of a section from Unaccepted by xparrot:
Sometime it's frightening, how easily these people from Earth face down nightmares and conquer them. It's frightening, how they don't know how to be afraid, how they will rather fight than run, how they would rather betray all dignity and sacredness, and risk tearing their hearts and souls asunder, than give in and accept a painful inevitable.

There's also Elizabeth's words to Halling in 38 Minutes:
WEIR: Alright. You perceive death a certain way. I accept that. In fact, I respect that. But we do not prepare for death. We do everything we can to stave it off. That is who we are. (Transcripts from Gateworld)

I bet if Ronon or Teyla came across Dylan Thomas' poem, they'd be struck by the last two lines too.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Of course, what I know about poetry couldn't fill half a page of notebook paper, so I very well could be interpreting the poem wrong. But to me it's basically saying don't give in to death, do not go "gentle into the good night". Fight with everything you've got to survive.

ETA: Ah, I'm not the first with this thought. sfnutter wrote a "The Shrine" tag that uses two lines from the poem.