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The images in "Cargoes" are mainly visual. Almost all suggest colors and textures, though some also suggest aromas (cedarwood, cinnamon) and some suggest smells (smoke-stack, coal). The blazing colors of stanza 2 are preceded by somewhat less color in stanza 1 and followed abruptly by an almost unrelieved gray-brown-black palette of color in stanza 3. There is little stress on auditory images, except that one may imagine the apes chattering and the peacocks calling. "Cargoes” is a fascinating poetic image-picture (analogous to a triptych in art), in which specific things are almost graphically rendered. Readers respond readily to Masefield’s language. Indeed, the poem’s great value is that its diction, being so real itself, leads naturally into a general discussion of degrees of reality as represented by language.
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