How does Dylan Thomas express a paradoxical view of death in his poem, " Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'

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The repeating line in this poem that shows a paradoxical view of death is as follows: "Do not go gentle into that good night; Rage, rage against the dying of the light!"  There are opposing pieces of imagery here: dark and light, gentleness and rage, motion and resistance. The notion of death as a peaceful event that slowly eclipses life, or one's "light," is offered first, but Thomas encourages the reader to resist allowing this event to be peaceful. He seems to be saying that fighting to stay alive ("rage against the dying of the light") is a ore noble ending than going peacefully.