Where are some examples of consonance, allusion, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and personification, in "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas?

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An example of consonance from the poem comes from lines 17 and states,

      “Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray ”

The consonance exists here in the words “curse” and “bless” and then in the words “fierce” and “tears”.


The example of allusion, although there is more than one can be found in stanza 4, lines 10-12.  Here, the speaker says,

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

The speaker is alluding to “wild men” – possibly men in battle.


An example of hyperbole, or extreme exaggeration used for emphasis, can be found in lines 3, 9, 15, and 19 in the repetitious line,

     “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”


Onomatopoeia can be found in line 14, with the use of the word “blaze” in the following:

     “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay”


Finally, two examples of personification can be found in lines 2 and 5.  In line 2 the speaker personifies old age when he says,

     “Old age should burn and rave at close of day”

Additionally, he uses personification when he gives human qualities to words in line 5:

     ”Because their words had forked no lightning they”.

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