How does the poem "Night of the Scorpion" by Nissim Ezekiel appeal to all the senses of the reader?

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vmoriarity | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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The poem "Night of the Scorpion" by Nissim Ezekiel appeals to all the senses of the reader through the use of imagery, powerful verbs and concrete nouns, and poetic devices such as simile and onomatopoeia.

Throughout the poem, imagery is used to help reader see, hear, smell, taste, or feel things. For example, the "ten hours of stead rain" helps the reader see and hear the rain. Readers may be able to smell the rain as well from words used.

Powerful verbs and concrete nouns also add to the imagery created: The rain has "driven" the scorpion under a "rice sack" (the rice sack helps me see a room that has little in it), sins are "burned away", the flame "feeds" on the "parrafin" on the mother's toe. I can also see the "giant scorpion shadows" being "thrown" on "mud baked walls". All of this images are developed through very strong verbs and concrete nouns that help me see a very clear picture in my mind.

Finally, many poetic devices are used: Onamatapoeia helps me hear the peasants (they "buzz") and their tongues (the "click"). A simile help me see that the peasants have come from all over "like swarms of flies". Finally, the "fire feeds" on the speaker's mother, an example of alliteration the sounds a bit like the fire itself.

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