What is the imagery used in the poem "Winter" by Andrew Young?

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Imagery is description using the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.

Young uses visual imagery when he likens "Time" to an "aged gardener." An aged gardener is a person we can visualize, perhaps seeing in our imagination a man bent over, with white hair.

Another visual image is "the scentless flowers of the frost." The patterns of frost on the ground can look like flowers, and "scentless" is an image that reminds us of smell or a lack thereof.

Young describes the bare tree limbs spread out against the night sky, another picture we can see, with the stars in the background. He also uses the visual image of the stars and the moon hovering over the sea.

Young relies primarily on visual imagery to paint a lovely picture of winter. Other images could make winter seem gray, deathly, and dismal but Young does not use those. His positive images support his point that although winter is simpler and starker than summer, it is still beautiful in its own way.

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In analyzing poetry, imagery can refer to language that is visually descriptive, either through figurative language or literal description. An example of language in Andrew Young's "Winter" that provides a vivid but literal visual description is the following:

Against the stars the sacred trees
Spread out their naked traceries.

This is an effective use of language describing the visual especially due to the word "traceries," which invokes a specific type of intricate patterning in the tree branches. Imagery is also created by the personification of the moon and sky in the following stanza:

And in the night an amorous moon
Sings to the sea a tender tune,
And all the star-encrusted sky
Shivers with silent ecstacy.

This stanza contributes to the images of the poem by utilizing figurative language to describe the moonlight as gentle. The personification of the stars shivering silently adds yet another vivid image to the poem.

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