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Do not go gentle into that good night

I. Share your text.

For this project I chose "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas. Here is the full text of the poem:

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

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

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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

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

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

II. Share your annotations. 

In this poem I really latched onto the idea of "the dying of the light." I began to think about what dying light would look like and it seemed like there were a lot of cool places it could go (for example, exploding stars, smoke, and bokeh are are visual cues that light has just "died"). I also felt that the metaphor "the dying of the light", or death, is really what the poem is all about. 

III. Share your sketches.

I started sketching and really focused on what dying light could be.

IV. Share your early designs.

After a bunch of experiments I settled around 3 designs. 

I liked that this one incorporated an exploding star but also looks like night (though perhaps it's too literal). I also right-aligned the text to try and show movement (going into the light).

In this one I used a gradient on the text to try and show moving from light to dark. I also kept the entire cover very dark since the darkness/unknown is the subject of the poem.

And in this last one I have a figure in spotlight. I really like how you can't tell whether they're walking towards the light or away from it. 

V. Share your final designs.

For my final design I went with #2 but adjusted the text to be right-aligned. I liked how it suggested moving from light to dark and having an overall dark cover points to the poem's subject (darkness or the unknown). If I were printing this cover (and had the budget) I'd do the cover in matte and the text in glossy. 

I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's covers and look forward to your feedback on my designs.

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