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Thomas uses many literary elements  in this poem to help convey the feeling of dread throughout to the poem. From the start of the poem Thomas has already set a bleak tone with the lines “Old rage should burn and rave at close of day”(Thomas, 2).  This choice of wording is very ominous and leaves the reader with a very strange sense of confusion. It sets the whole tone for the poem and allows the reader to use this as a tool for better understanding the meaning behind the poem. The phrase “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”(Thomas, 3) is repeated all throughout the poem and seems to be similar to the “Don’t go into the light” which is a phrase commonly heard to a person that is passing away. This also seems to be a plea of sorts to the dying of fighting the light and evading it. The line “Though wise men at their end know dark is right”(Thomas, 4) seems to be some type of metaphor for death and how it is part of the cycle of life. Comparing it to the line before it there appears to be some sort of a contradiction between the two as one seems to fight death and the other understands that it must happen naturally. Those lines also seem to suggest that the speaker is conflicted about the death of a loved one as he uses those lines that seem to oppose each other.One line that has stood out to me is “because their words had forked no lightning” (Thomas, 5) because of the meaning behind this metaphor. This seems to be a way of saying how they want to leave a mark on earth and not die in vain. Which seems to be a point that resonates with people I have asked about the poem and personally. The line ” their frail deeds might have danced in the green bay” (Thomas, 8) seems to be another contradiction of this poem as it seems to say that the good deeds done by man have no real value. In all these lines the use of literary elements have helped push this theme of dread and death. Literary elements if used carefully and wisely help any story come to life but the use of them in this poem knocks it out of the park. Such as the use of metaphors when referring to life and death, they are referred to as “light” and “night”, respectively,  by Thomas. Within the context of the poem these metaphors make the poem more darker and bleeker. Using the words life and death would not help create the same atmosphere and tone throughout the poem.Alliteration is the repetition of the same letter or sound within a stanza and it is a great literary element to help the theme of this poem thrive. This can be seen in the lines “Rage, rage..”(Thomas, 3) and “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors”(Thomas, 14).  This gives life to the poem and helps the theme of death flow across the lines in such a beautiful way. The structure of the poem also greatly benefits from this as the poem in whole flows very well and is not awkward at all. Personification and similes go hand in hand in this poem as both compare one thing to another. Personification is giving human qualities to inanimate objects such as in the line “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”. This line gives light the human quality of dying, which a light cannot do. Similes are comparing things using like or as, shown in the line “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay”(Thomas,14)