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Poetry Imagery, Speaker, Paradox
What is an image in any writing?
|An image is an imaginary mental picture created with a word
|The first poem (Greatness) has four images: sunlight,
a sparrow, three kernels of popcorn, and snow. This is in a 33 word
|The poet has no guarantee you will see exactly as he/she does, but
if he or she chooses well, there is a chance you will see and then
feel a similar feeling.|
Why are these images included?
|The images are quite ordinary and are included because they
are simple and accessible (easy for anyone to see), and universal (the
sparrow, in particular, is a widely known and seen little bird). By
doing this he shows us how poetry works and does make us see these
things, which is the power of poetry. If we see, we feel. Poetry is
about feeling (s), so we can reach you through images we share.|
|Images are incredibly powerful as a way to communicate ideas
to people. Use them yourself in any writing you do.|
In a poem, the person who speaks is called the speaker. He or
she is not necessarily the poet. In a story the person who tells the story
is the narrator.
What is the effect of direct address (speaking to "you"
directly) to the reader of the poem?
|If it is more direct, it seems more true. Direct address makes a
person pay more attention, too. It makes more of an impression on the
reader as a result. We thus feel included in this poem. A danger in
this is if the reader is not what the speaker had expected.|
|This makes the poem feel closer, more personal, friendlier, and
What is the difference between the narrator/speaker and the
|Maybe nothing, if the book/poem is entirely autobiographical, but
this kind of thing is rare since we have limited experience and time
in life. Most writing is partly about the writer's life, but not
A paradox is when you both think something is true and not true
at the same time.
|In the poem, An Exchange of Gifts, Nowlan writes that he can
speak to you even after he is dead. This is both true and not true.|
|The speaker says he can continue to write a poem after he is dead.
This cannot be true because he is dead; this is true, because when we
read his words, for ourselves, he is still there writing them.|
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