Poetry- can anyone help me to find out the imagery used in Lament by Gillian Clarke? Any advice will be appreciated :)It is for an essay and this imagery needs to show how the poet reinforces her...

Poetry- can anyone help me to find out the imagery used in Lament by Gillian Clarke? Any advice will be appreciated :)

It is for an essay and this imagery needs to show how the poet reinforces her feelings of grief and loss.

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cldbentley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many different types of imagery, but (at least in general) they all have to do with using some reference to one or more of the five senses in order to convey a mental image of the subject being addressed.  In the case of "Lament," Gillian Clarke is clearly attempting to pass to the reader a sense of loss and sadness, as you said.

Think about the descriptions and examples that Clarke uses in the poem.  For example, she writes about "The cormorant in his funeral silk..."  What kind of mental picture does this give you?  The cormorant is typically a large, dark colored bird; black, which is its primary color, is symbolic of death (among other unpleasant or unhappy things).  Funeral silk would be the cloth the bird would be dressed in after it died.  Clearly, this is a sad mental image.  It also brings reminds the reader of the emotions associated with death, which certainly include a sense of grief at the loss of someone or something.  This theme is repeated in each stanza, although it differs in specifics.