Imagery And Figures Of Speech

1361 Words Oct 21st, 2016 6 Pages
How do poems, which are usually rather short, say so little but mean so much? How can a sentence connect with an object without ever implicating the objects name? How can passages ignite certain emotions in us without directly stating to do so? Imagery and figures of speech allow authors to evoke reactions that would otherwise be impossible through plain language. While adding “decoration” to poems, such as making them sound pretty or seem sophisticated, imagery and figures of speech also enhance the meaning. For example, when a passage is described in vivid detail through imagery, the reader is able to imagine a picture in their head which carries certain senses of touch, taste, hear, and smell which are unique to each reader. Each reader will bring a different lens and interpretation to each poem. The following Renaissance era writers wrote poems using the analogy of hunting a deer, to describe a male lover’s attempt to win the love of his female beloved. These poets both used imagery and figures of speech to create their messages about human love through the analogy of hunting. In Sir Thomas Wyatt’s poem, “Whoso List to Hunt,” the speaker is understood to be an obsessed hunter who is discouraged by his inability to catch the deer he has been chasing. Wyatt uses imagery to show the frustration the hunter has experienced. In line three Wyatt states, “the vain travail hath wearied me so sore.” The latter part of this line appeals to the readers’ sense of touch. The…
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