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Analysis of the Imagery and Sensuous Appeal: "The Battle" by Louis Simpson.

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Miguel A. Hern´┐Żndez Calder´┐Żn INGL 3211 Section 101 Dr. K. Ferracane Analysis of the Imagery and Sensuous Appeal: "The Battle" by Louis Simpson "The Battle" by Louis Simpson is a poem about a battle during the Second World War. This poem uses strong imagery and sensuous appeal to project its message. In this essay I am going to analyze some elements of imagery in "The Battle" and their relevance to the plot of the poem. One of the most important of these elements is a pattern of repetition of the color red in three of its four stanzas. The other is the uncomfortable ness felt by the soldiers and how it is projected to the reader. Red's usual symbolism relates to passion, warmth or emotions, in "The Battle" red does appeal to emotions and feelings but mainly to unpleasant or unlikable ones. ...read more.

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In the line after this last manifestation of red comes some more red. "The corpses stiffened in their scarlet hoods" (12): the hoods on the dead are colored red too. The bodies are probably covered in blood and the author illustrates it as a hood. And again with the repetition of the red comes the ghastly effect it carries in this poem. Next is the emergence of a very bright red which is almost orange, in the ember of a cigarette. As we reach the end of the poem the pace slows down, and a more relaxed ambient is evident in the last stanza. The soldiers, though tired, were enjoying cigarettes and seem to be more relaxed. As we zoom-in in this image towards the cigarette we can observe a much brighter tonality of red. This relates the apparent relaxed atmosphere the soldiers are enjoying at the moment. ...read more.

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It starts with an almost black type of red: "the circle of a throat", it continues with another very dark red in the "black snow". Then it shifts a bit to a scarlet-type red which is a bright one and goes on to finish with the brightest one of them all: the ember of a cigarette. There are also some interesting images used by Simpson to give the reader a very good image of things that make feel soldiers uncomfortable and miserable. Works Consulted "Bio: Louis Simpson". The Academy of American Poets. [Online] Available at: www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?45442B7C000C0E02. November 27, 2003. DiYanni, Robert. "Chapter 11: Writing About Poetry". Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. Robert DiYanni. 5th Ed. New York: McGraw, 2002. 805- 821. DiYanni, Robert. "Student Center: Chapter 11". DiYanni's Online Learning Center. [Online] Available at: www.mhhe.com/diyanni. November 26, 2003. McManus, Barbara F. "Tools for Analyzing Poetry". [Online] Available at: www.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/poetry2.html . November 26, 2003. Simpson, Louis. "The Battle". Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. Robert DiYanni. 5th Ed. New York: McGraw, 2002. 713-714. Hernandez 1 ...read more.

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