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How Does Anne Sexton Use Imagery In Poetry

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Imagery is an important aspect of poetry because imagery helps to bring life to the poems. As stated by Anne Sexton, “images are the heart of poetry. You’re not a poet without imagery.” Imagery is a strong tool to help authors portray different themes throughout the poem such as sadness, and authors, such as Theodore Roethke, Robert Hayden, and Gwendolyn Brooks, use imagery in their poems to show sadness. The use of imagery by these authors is what dictated them as being the best during their time period. Theodore Roethke was an American Poetry writer born in Saginaw, Michigan on May 25, 1908 to Otto Roethke and Helen Roethke (Dougherty). His profound love for nature came from spending most of his time in a greenhouse owned by his uncle and…show more content…
She starts off the poem in line one by capitalizing the word “Boy” (Brooks 1). I think this is to give a name to the person, however, she did not know his name she is still trying to give some recognition to him by capitalizing “Boy.” Its like its symbolizing his name as if she were to know it. Additionally, in the same stanza she states, “Apparently died Alone” (4). When the author Brooks capitalized the word alone its like she wanted to emphasize that he was alone. One big question is why is that? What was he alone from, or was he alone when he died? I think the real question is that him being “Alone” is that during that time period was during the civil rights movement, so all of the African Americans felt like they were “Alone” and did not have anyone to help them. This would have especially been the case for the author because she grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, Gwendolyn Brooks uses a great deal of imagery to portray sadness in her poems. For example, in stanza eight she states, “He cried not only ‘Father!’ / but ‘Mother! / Sister! / Brother. / The cry climbed up the alley. / It went up to the wind. / It hung upon the heaven for a long / stretch-strain of Moment” (Brooks 31-39). In this stanza she feels the cry that the love ones are making to there lost one. She uses imagery to show this pain through the spirit climbing the alley and going into the wind. Furthermore, the author goes on to in stanza three to state, “The Shot that killed him yes I heard / as I heard the Thousand shots before; / careening tinnily down the nights / across my years and arteries” (Brooks 8-11). This is important the author is saying that she has heard the “Thousand shots before” that where she lives hearing shots is nothing out of the ordinarily life; that the shots are something they are accustom to hearing. This is imagery as we can picture seeing people shooting and hearing the
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