Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

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Where and how is imagery used in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"?  Any metaphors?

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Dylan Thomas's villanelle "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" is full of imagery and metaphors. The first line, which supplies the title, uses the metaphor of the good night for death. This is a fairly conventional description of death which, partly because of the blackness of night, does not suggest any strong images. However, the following stanzas contain a series of metaphors, all of which are highly visual.

The reference to words that "forked no lightning" gives us the image of forked lightning even while describing its absence. The allusion to deeds that "might have danced in a green bay" in stanza three performs the same trick, giving us the image and leaving us to unravel the visual metaphor, whether the deeds were done or not.

Perhaps the most striking image is that of the wild men catching and singing the sun in flight, a combination of blinding light and whatever variation on the music of the spheres is appropriate for "singing the sun." This image is picked up by the blinding,...

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