The poem gives us readers an open mind when it comes to myths and the human experience and try to use that to compare with our lives. Both Margaret Atwood and John Williams Waterhouse demonstrates this very well throughout the poem and by observing the
In “The Great Scarf of Birds” by John Updike, the speaker concludes that his heart has been lifted by the image of a gray scarf. The poem is marked with joy and reverence to the natural world around the speaker, but there is sadness in his last few words. The speaker prepares the reader for this conclusion through an abundance of imagery, similes, and poem structure. The speaker opens the poem by describing his setting through a series of individual but connected natural images. The reader is immediately shown ripe red apples from Cape Ann in October, and one after another, the speaker uses similes to compare one part of nature to another.
She uses similes when she is judging the stranger sitting in front of her and uses them to compare his appearance. She is observing his shoes and mentions: “...complex patterns like a set of intentional scars,” and “He is wearing red like the inside of the body exposed.” she includes these comparisons to illustrate a more vibrant vision of his outfit to the reader. Moving forward, she also includes her judgment of his appearance and the way he comes across to her. “This life he could take so easily and break across his knee like a stick …” she mentions this to have the reader believe that the person sitting there with her looks shady and sketchy like a thug in a dark alley.
“The London clay come in” is also personified, as if it suggests that the clay can come in as if it had a mind of its own. Imagery is also used in the fourth and seventh stanzas. “maggots in his eyes” and “...now his finger-bones Stick through his
“It was only when something struck her as truly funny.” (page. 95) the author used simile to describe Mary Anne’s change of laughter after few weeks she’ve been in war place. The imagery on page 100, the author used metaphor to describe Fossie’s felling and to set the mood of lost. “At the girl’s throat was a necklace of human tongues.”
Throughout “Leah: in Freedom,” Kendrick uses imagery to enhance the understanding of her theme. In the poem, Kendrick utilizes vivid imagery to show both the chases and the punishments. At the beginning of the poem, Leah attempts her first try at running away: “in moles’ holes and wolves’ caves and blackberry patches with my feet skiddin’ and bleedin’ on the thorns” (Kendrick lines 10-14).
Throughout the poem Erin depicts poetry as well put together and thought out. However what the point of the line is truly depicting is the exact opposite. Erin uses the word poetry to contradict the idea of her message, that people are not perfect. With this comparison the reader takes away a message of hope. The idea that noone is perfect no matter how hard they try.
In the sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, Jonathan Edwards, the sermon’s author, used multiple techniques such as figurative language, image interpretation and use of pathos to ensure his purpose gets through to the audience. Through the uses of figurative languages like metaphors, personification, similes, and oxymorons, Edwards creates vivid, visual images that provoke emotions in the audience, swaying them towards his purpose in which he stresses that people need to change before God, with his almighty power, destroys them all. For example one use of figurative language that illustrates an image for the audience is, “and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a falling rock.” In this example, Edwards uses a simile, a type of figurative language, to evoke fear and negative emotion in the audience by displaying a visual image of a spider’s web blocking a heavy rock.
In her short story, “The Song of Songs,” Ellen Gilchrist explores the concepts of materialism and human relationships and their effects on a person’s sense of purpose. Barrett Clare, who was given up for adoption as a child, suffers from manic depression. She continually attempts to alleviate her depression in ways typically idealized in America such as owning a beautiful home and having a happy family. Intermittently in the story are glimpses of Barrett’s internal thoughts which reveal the extent of her depression as well as its presumed cause – the feelings of abandonment by her mother. Through the course of the story, Gilchrist juxtaposes materialism – a private jet, a Rolex watch, a mansion, marrying for money – with interjections of Barrett’s intensely depressed internal dialogue to show that materialism only worsens depression. In doing so, Gilchrist wants us to see that being abandoned by one’s mother can have devastating effects on one’s sense of purpose, a damage that cannot be alleviated through the pursuit of the American Dream.
An example from the text is “For the past three days, I’ve been doing better: I’m taking all my supplements again and my shots, and it hasn’t felt quite as much as if I’m constantly swimming in a bubble of water that makes it hard to understand what people say or to focus on them.” This demonstrates that the author wants us to connect with the situation Jacob is in with one of our own because Jacob describes how he has been doing and connects it to being under water. Most people know that when you are underwater you can’t really hear or see what is going on around you. This simile makes it really easy to connect with the way Jacob is feeling and it helps the reader understand what life is like for him with Asperger's. While some people argue that this simile was not meant to help the reader connect with Jacob and his life with Aspergers but rather as a way to show how Jacob is feeling, but, clearly the author wants the reader to connect this situations to one of their own because otherwise Jodi Picoult wouldn’t of used a simile to connect Jacob’s current state to something that so many people have experienced and can connect with.
Study the following paragraph and find an example of a simile and a metaphor. “The word rang through him like the sound of a bell, echoing in the far depths of him, making forgotten chords to vibrate, old shadowy fears to stir – fears of the dark, fears of the void, fears of annihilation. She was dead! She was dead! He would never see her again, never hear her again!
In the poem “Afterimages,” Audrey Lorde compares two seemingly different concepts in a metaphor in order to create a specific and significant feeling or idea. This expresses a distinctive identity when the cohesion of two different objects are used in a metaphor. Although most metaphors are commonplace and their meanings easily identified, such as “time is money” in which one “spends” or “earns” time, some metaphors require more thought and analysis in order to convey a specific meaning. In “Afterimages,” Lorde uses the equation EYES =
“On this view, even the abstractions of natural theology are based, in the long run, on experience--although of a diffuse kind.” Many people try to describe similar experiences with God as different metaphors, she goes about saying. She also explains why she thinks that many Christians believe that those have lost the living sense of the biblical metaphors which our forefathers had , because it is the consequence of urban life and not reading the Bible. This is said be be a strain on the religion because: generation after generation has changed without the experience of having other leaders(shepherds and kings) in your time to be able to guide you, and church becoming optional to many groups (not reading the Bible because some do not
Lastly, Lovato uses alliteration to relate to her theme as well, she says “Go on and try to tear me down” (line 37). To clarify, she is challenging her feelings to see that if they’re strong enough to destroy her from believing in herself. Lovato uses a metaphor, allusion, and alliteration to highlight that nothing can break you down when you believe in yourself. Part Four: Images
It adds to the imagery by adding the wind and personification also takes place in this stanza which is defined as giving a non – human thing, human life like qualities and abilities. In the following stanza, “Tonight I can write the saddest lines. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.” The speaker introduces the first detail of their relationship and points to a possible reason for its demise when he admits “sometimes she loved me too.”