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Literary Analysis Of 'The Naked And The Nude'

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The poem “The Naked and the Nude” was written by Robert Graves as a responds to an article with the exact same name written in 1910 by Walter Sickert. Robert Graves as written this poem in such a way that the form looks straight forward and simple as he only has four stanzas, six lines in each, with the rhyme scheme of A,A,B,B,C,C. He uses many literary devices, some of which are allusion, alliteration, assonance and personification. Robert Graves also wrote this poem with a connotation and denotation purpose. The denotation purpose was to distinguish the naked from the nude. While the connotation of this poem was to state that appearances are dishonest and that death with be the judge of everything. There are four stanzas, with six lines in…show more content…
Robert Graves shows this by stating that the naked is anatomy which means that the naked is scientific, the naked is truthful. On the other hand the nude is artistic. When looking at naked people painted or drawn by famous artists one realises that their styles may be different but all the paintings and drawings have one aspect in common, all the people painted or drawn have a perfect body image without any disabilities or imperfections. So when Robert Graves stated that the nude is artist, one can interpret this as the nude is like art, shown only in a positive light with all mistakes and imperfection erased so the nude is a lie, not the truth. The connotation or figurative meaning to the poem, is Robert Graves stating that appearances can be dishonest. Robert Graves compares naked to goddesses and truth and the nude to art and lies, so the poet is clearly stating that when one is nude or created like art, having all their mistakes and imperfections erased, they become bold and sly able to hold a treasonable eye, able grin and scorn at those of naked skin. Robert Graves goes on further to state that only when one is naked from all artistic correction they are scorned and defeated by the nude. However there will always be death, where the naked will be distinguished from the nude. “By Gorgons with long whips pursued; How naked go the sometimes nude!” meaning that in death all artist corrections and lies will be stripped away so that the truth about that person will shine, where the nude will go
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