• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Imagery is one of the most potent instruments which a poet can use to awaken the feelings of a reader. Compare the nature and effects of images in two or three poems you have enjoyed.

Extracts from this document...


(Q) Imagery is one of the most potent instruments which a poet can use to awaken the feelings of a reader. Compare the nature and effects of images in two or three poems you have enjoyed. Imagery is the ability to form mental images of things or events. It signifies all the sensory perceptions referred to in a poem, whether by literal description, allusion, simile, or metaphor. Like senses such as reflex movement, which occur due to a reaction to something that is coming to hit the person, human emotions occur due to the personal interpretation of the literature terms used by the poet. The emotions are the sentimental reactions of the reader based on their interpretation of the certain poem, phrase or sentence used by the poet. This technique, which when used properly can have a huge impact on the reader and on their understanding of the poem is used largely by T.S. Eliot in the 'Preludes' and 'The Journey of the Magi'. The poet's intentions behind a poem can be guided by the poem's title since, it is the first thing that a reader is likely to read and thus, the title helps to put up certain first impressions as intended by the poet. ...read more.


and eyes' The image of 'vacant lots' is repeated in the first and last stanzas and besides revealing the unchanging emptiness of peoples lives the repetition links the vacant lots of city blocks to the vacant lots of earlier societies. In 'Preludes', Eliot also contrasts natural and urban images. 'The morning comes to consciousness' demonstrates the potential beauty of morning, with its promise of new life and energy, which then evolves into an image of a hangover when coupled with the line 'Of faint stale smells of beer'. People wake up as if from a coma and need to rush to 'early coffee-stands' to start their days. This sentence also emphasizes the fast-paced modern life where people work so much that they have to sleep very heavily and then the only way they can make it through the next day is by drinking stimulant drugs. This also suggests that life in the city has lost contact with its natural rhythms and is consumed by the routines that 'time' demands. The second comparison of nature and an urban image appears in the third part of the poem, 'And you heard the sparrows in the gutter' The beauty of nature and bird life is brought down to the level of the city gutters, and more importantly, it is connected with the only character that the poem focuses on. ...read more.


There was a Birth, certainly, We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death, But thought they were different; this Birth was. Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death" The "Hard and bitter agony... like Death" is an example of a simile that means that the journey for the Magus was like dying to him, because he had gone from the comfort from his home, traveled a great distance and suffered hardships that he had probably never had to endure through before, all to see a baby being born in a stable whilst at the same time, sees the baby's death on the journey. At the end of the stanza, and the end of the poem, the Magus finishes with thoughts of his own "subjects" still believing in an old religion and he looks forward to his own death "With an alien people clutching their god. I should be glad of another death" Overall, natural and urban imagery has been used by TS Eliot in 'Preludes' in order to represent the monotony of the daily routine of the modern people which is taking them away from religion, images of which are prevailing in 'A Journey of the Magi' to show how religion has changed Eliot completely and that it can have similar good effects on us. Eliot uses the imagery to exemplify his hatred for the monotonous modern life and how religion helps him to get over this. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. The theme that links my three chosen poems, 'Cold in the Earth', 'TheToys' and ...

    Here, time can be seen as the force, which is wearing the woman away. Another image that comes to mind is when you wave goodbye. That is what the woman needs to do, say goodbye to her love once and for all.

  2. In what ways, are relationships distorted in T.S. Eliot poems?T.S. Eliot was an intellectual ...

    This shows that all cities are alike, almost inconsequential, as part of the same phrase. The same happens with people living within the cities; people become the same, alike, with no distinction or separation, we can see this point proved when we see that there is no separation (commas)


    This, of course, is the province of criticism, and while theory can pinpoint or foresee those elements of a text that will trigger evaluations, it cannot comment upon the content or validity of such evaluations. Theory can tell whether or not a text is literature, but not whether it is

  2. How is War Presented in Three WW1 Poems of Your Choice? Dulce Et Decorum ...

    This is, in a way, similar to 'Fall In.' Moreover, the 'friends' could be a metaphor for those back at home in England, and it is evident that Brooke is remembering them with heartfelt joy, suggesting that they regard him likewise. The overall poem provides the reader with a small insight into the ideology of soldiers and the public,

  1. In reference to at least two of his poems, explain what makes Wilfred Owen ...

    Also, the direct speech from the commanding officer seems to address the reader, putting them into the pace of the action. The pace of the reference adds to the realism, as the reader can feel the fear and adrenaline of the men as they fight to put the mask's on in time to save their lives.

  2. Compare and contrast the ways in which writers present their attitudes to the First ...

    Sassoon uses more imagery in the language to make the poem sad, whereas Jessie Pope uses techniques such as the personification of England to make the reader feel patriotic. In 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke, the poet's telling us that if he dies in the war the place where his body lies will be a part of England.

  1. The changing tradition of war poetry

    opposite of this because there isn't any work for the blind people. Also it makes the reader laugh and comes straight to the point. Stanza 1 is the most striking as it shows irony about people being nice to you if you lose your sight.

  2. Death in Duke Street

    He just drifts away as if it is his time to go and there is nothing he, or anyone else, can do about it. The last two lines of the poem describe how "only the hungry ambulance howls for him now through the staring squares".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work