What are two phrases that include sensory images in the poem, 'My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close'?  Thank you so much.Explain the function of sensory imagery in this poem focusing on what it...

What are two phrases that include sensory images in the poem, 'My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close'?  Thank you so much.

Explain the function of sensory imagery in this poem focusing on what it tells us aout the relationship discussed in the poem. 

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The first phrase I would identify is contained in the second to forth lines-

It yet remains to see

If Immortality unveil

A third event to me

Here the narrator describes the event as a mysterious object to be 'unveiled', like a statue or, of course, a shrouded body. The unveiling is to be done by 'Immortality': titled and personified. The personification implies a creator unveiling his/her work - perhaps the hand of God revealing His work. Immortality seems more powerful than mortality.

The second phrase illustrating a sensory image would be the first line of the second stanza-

So huge, so hopeless to conceive

The vastness of tragedy and loss is being considered here as an immeasurable impact that cannot be understood - comparable to the vastness of the universe.

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