How does the connotation and denotation of certain words affect Dylan Thomas's poem, "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"?

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I want to unpack the phrase "good night" further, as it is very important in this poem. As the previous response mentions, "good night" connotes death and dying. "Night" makes sense here—death and dying are usually associated with sleep and darkness, which are also associated with nighttime. It's interesting that Thomas chooses to call this night "good" rather than bad or scary. The word "good" has positive connotations; goodness can be associated with purity and heaven. Though death is certainly dark, like the night, it can also be sweet, comforting, and a good and natural thing.

So, in addition to telling us that we need to live life to its fullest, Thomas also tells us that even though we should "rage" against death and resist it until the last possible...

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