Is light or night a symbol or metaphor for death?That is all.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I edited your question because I was not sure if you were asking about "night" or "light" - so I'll describe both of them. The poem by Dylan Thomas begins:

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.

The dying of the light is Thomas' father, who is on his death bed. The night is death and the light is life.

Here are the last two lines of this poem:

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

So throughout, night is a metaphor for death and light is a metaphor for life. Thomas is calling for his father to fight against death, to not go "gently" into the night, which is death, but to fight against the dying of the light, which is life. You can read about the poem here on enotes, at the link below.

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