Good Night Figurative Language

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Every person grows older and eventually dies from some natural or unnatural cause. Unfortunately, not one living creature can escape deaths grasps, but they can strive to live every day to the fullest. Dylan Thomas’s poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” parallels this thought with its theme. Even when one gets closer to death, they should not let it keep them from bursting with life. The body may weaken, but the mind is a powerful tool to be wielded until the very last breath. Thomas’s theme that all should fight for life even knowing that death is inevitable is revealed with his use of sound, imagery, tone and figurative language.
Firstly, Thomas uses sound to help the reader to his theme with emphasized repetition and alliteration. His first choice of repetition is also the title of the poem, “Do not go gentle into that good night,” which is repeated in lines one, six, twelve and eighteen (lines 1,6,12,18). These lines direct the reader to the point of the poem before they even start reading it. After those lines, the next line that is repeated is “Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” which is seen in lines three, nine, fifteen and nineteen (lines 3,9,15,19). One
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Throughout Thomas’s repetition of “Do not go gentle into that good night,” “that good night” is a metaphor for death that the speaker is urging people not to give into in the end (lines 1,6,12,18). Thomas uses this extended metaphor throughout the poem to drive emphasis to living. Later, when he says that the “frail deeds might have danced,” it is another use of figurative language (3.8). This is found in the stanza talking about the “good men” and it is a personification that the “frail deeds” are dancing like if they were human in the vast ocean. Still, with this figurative language he is using an urging tone to push for everyone to keep living life to the

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