Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

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How the author uses metaphor and simile in his poem to create his theme?

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The theme of this poem is that all people--he wise, the good, the wild, the serious--fight against death when they approach it. Perhaps it is even, then, human nature to do so, since all kinds of different people refuse to die without a fight. In the fifth stanza, for example, serious men are described near death, when they suddenly develop "blinding sight" (an oxymoron), realizing that even blind eyes can "blaze like meteors and be gay." This simile compares eyes that are blind (either because they are old or because they have been unable to see truth--this is also a symbol, then), to meteors that seem to burn and blaze just before their light disappears. When these "grave" men (also a pun because it refers to a burial plot or the quality of being quite serious) realize that they've wasted so much time being serious, they "rage against the dying of the light." The "light," too, is a metaphor for life just as the "close of day" is a metaphor for death, as is the "good night."

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