I need some help in discussing how content, form and the overall effect of a poem is developed through the use of emotions, the imaginations, ideas, sentiment, meaning, passion, power, sense of expression, interpretation, beauty, dignity, freshness of expression, orderly arrangment concreteness and pleasure. How can a poet provide illustration with a poem, is it graphic or with words?
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Most poets create images in the minds of their readers through the use of sensory words. This imagery is prevalent with poets such as Amy Lowell and Emily Dickinson, for instance. In "Generations," Miss Lowell employs images of nature and creates pictures with similes and metaphors as well. Here are some lines from this poem:
You are like the stem
Of a young beech-tree,
Straight and swaying,
Breaking out in golden leaves.
Your walk is like the blowing of a beech-tree
On a hill.
Your voice is like leaves
Softly struck upon by a South wind.
Emily Dickinson was also adept with creating pictures for her readers. In one poem, for instance, she describes a sun setting as going "a ribbon at a time."
In his 'Songs of Innocence and Experience', William Blake encapsulated his poems within an engaraving, so each became a visual work of art as well as the aural construct of thewords, rhythmand language. Conversely, the NZ poet Sam Hunt states that teh words on the page are like music on a score: they indicate the art but do not create it.
Poetry is illustrated through the diction...the choice of words...and the syntax...the way those words are put together. Poets "draw" pictures with words and with images. They increase these images with sensory details...appealing to the reader's senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. All of this creates an overall effect and personal connection between the reader and speaker/author.
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