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Explain 3 uses of imagery in the poem "On the Grasshopper and the Cricket" by John Keats. Explain in full details.    

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Imagery is a description of sensory experience; as such, it can be visual (describing something we could see), auditory (describing something we could hear), olfactory (describing something we could smell), tactile (describing something we could touch or feel), or gustatory (describing something we could taste). One image used in the poem describes how

all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in the cooling trees . . .

This is both visual and tactile, as we can see how the birds in the trees would look and feel the heat of the sun and the cooling shade of the trees. Another visual image describes the grasshopper, who "rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed." It is not hard to imagine the sight of this still grasshopper, sheltering beneath some pretty green plant. Another set of images describes a colder season:

On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket's song . . .

We can see the frosty winter scene and hear the total lack of sound and, then, the "shrill" chirping of the cricket.

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Imagery is the use of sensory details to create an image in the reader’s mind.  Sensory details are descriptions that involve the five senses of sound, smell, touch, taste and vision.  This poem includes several sensory details.  Many of them are related to heat, which is touch.  For example, line 2-4:

When all the birds are faint with the hot sun

And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run

From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;

Hot sun and cooling trees are contrasting images.  New-mown mead is another.  Note that there will be many sensory details in a poem describing nature.  Picture it in your head, and explore it through your senses.

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