In "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" how does the writer convey the sense of persuasion in the poem?What textual evidences support it?

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Thomas' word choices are persuasive.  Instead of being subtle, gentle, whiny or simpering about his father passing away, he is bold and demanding.  He doesn't say, "I don't want you to die!  It's not fair!"  Instead, he states boldly, "Do not go gentle into that good night...rage, rage against the dying of the light."  DO NOT die weakly without a fight.  RAGE against it.  Such passionate words inevitably elicit a powerful response, and are very persuasive.

Thomas, using logical persuasion, then uses examples of all of the different types of men who have died fighting until the end.  He speaks of "wise men" "good men" "wild men" and "grave men" and how all of them raged against the dying of the light.  Using this logical list of examples is persuasive because Thomas is essentially saying, "See-look.  Look at all of these different types of men.  All of them fought it off.  If they did, you can too."

He then brings in a final, emotional, personal note as he asks his father to look at him and "curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray," asking him to remember that he is there, and to give him final words of cursing or blessing, and to once again not go gently in death.  He is making a personal plea to his father, which is persuasive as it brings it home and strikes a chord in the heart.

With its word choices, examples, and personal touches, the poem is a very powerful patron of fighting death off to life's very last breath.

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