Color In The Poem Description By Mark Doty

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Mark Doty particularly mentions sensorium – a sensual yet complex perception owned by everyone. And since, everybody has a different way of perceiving the world, it is, in fact, difficult to deliver the description of the world around us in some intimately coined words. Doty articulates that the ability to bring out the words of description is either “the writer’s blessing or the writer’s disease, depending on [his] point of view” (Doty, 10). I particularly noticed how his poem “Description” does not convey numerous words of color, but instead, Doty uses phrases to describe the particular color. For instance, he does not mention the color of the “map” but he uses the word “gouaches” to picture those “creases and flecks.”

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