How Do Poems Use Language to Create Imaginary Worlds That Question Our Understanding of Human Nature?
Unexpected connections between a previously ordinary object and something that at first seemed totally unrelated can paint a picture of another context within which we can better examine our own existence (Hirsch). This is demonstrated quite well in A Martian Sends A Postcard Home in nearly every stanza, with the alien viewpoint of everyday things leading to considerable thought about the things we take for granted. The line, “At night, when all the colours die” is a particularly vivid way of …show more content…
The poets also have an eye for incredible detail in the world around us that they use to paint a picture of a scene in layers, allowing the reader to form a three dimensional picture of the scene in their head in vivid detail. In Poppies, for example, the one field of poppies is focused on in at almost every angle; the way they sway in the wind, the way the shine, their “yellow hair” and “rough and spongy gold” leading to almost a baptism of flowers, “washed and washed in the river of earthly delight”. This seeming progression of wonder, joy, light and rebirth through the steady application of description after description of the one object (the field of poppies) give the reader pause to think on their own progression through life. With the occasional interjection about the “darkness” and the “deep, blue night” we are reminded that death is looming but it is the happiness we can create beforehand that is important, and we should pay attention to that detail (Wu).
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