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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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Thomas seems to use imagery and metaphors, often at the same time, in order to dramatize and to make concrete something that feels so abstract and unknowable: death. Evidently, the speaker's father is very near death, and the speaker is desperately trying to convince him to fight it, insisting that all kinds of people fight death and refuse to "go gentle into that good night," and so he should too. For this reason, he uses the "good night" as a metaphor for death and "the light" as a metaphor for life. The "dying of the light"—death—is made tangible as a visual image.

As the poem progresses, the speaker describes how "Good men, the last wave by," cry "how bright / Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay." I interpret the green bay, another visual image, as a metaphor for the youth of these good men; they wish that they could have accomplished more before they grew old and ran out of chances, or, figuratively speaking, waves. Further, their "frail deeds" are personified as...

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