What symbols are in the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"?

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Symbols are normally things that can be detected by any of our five senses. What they symbolize is almost always an abstract idea that is relevant to the story or poem. Consider these:

night

light

forked lightning

green bay

the sun

grave (more than one meaning here!)

meteors

fierce tears

In this poem, in which Thomas is willing his father not to die (even though he knows he is dying), what idea or concept does each of the above represent, do you think?

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