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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night literary devices

Referents: Referent 1, Referent 2
Alliteration:
Metaphor
Oxymoron
Personification
Simile

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.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning, they     imagery
Do not go gentle into that good night.


Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,    imagery
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,   imagery
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.


Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight     oxymoron
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,       imagery, simile
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray,    imagery
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Metaphors: 
"good night" is compared to death
"their words had forked no lightning" meaning that their ideas and opinions have had no impact on anyone or anything
Personification
"frail deeds might have danced" frail deeds are given the ability to dance
Simile
"Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay" The eyes are blazing like meteors burning up through Earth's atmosphere
 

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