The Imagery in “Conjoined”
Poets use imagery to capture the emotion and feeling in the poem in which they are writing. Judith Minty, in her poem “Conjoined,” uses imagery to truly depict the meaning and emphasis of that work. Through the images that Minty paints in the minds of her readers, the essence of the poem is revealed. One can strongly see and feel the emotion that this poem possesses. The images are distinct and bold, and through the first, second, and third stanza, the images can be easily seen and identified. The poem “Conjoined” is not a pleasant poem, but it speaks of great truth for the situation in which it describes.
Minty’s poem begins with a small, yet important, subtitle; “a marriage poem.” This subtitle begins the imagery of the entire poem. Even though this poem never once speaks of a couple in a marriage, the images that the poem does portray are of just that, a marriage. The first stanza begins with the image of an onion sitting in a cupboard. However, this onion is neither normal nor natural in any conventional sense. This onion, which is actually two onions combined into one, is deformed and distorted from the union. The second image used in the first stanza is an invisible skin that combines these two onions to make them one. These two images represent a marriage between two people, and that marriage has become deformed, distorted, and loveless. The image of the two onions being combined as one shows, that when marriage does take place, the two people are no longer a singe person, but now one unit. The invisible skin, that envelope the two onions, is an image of the matrimony the two people share; however, these images are not ones that express happiness. The two people are miserable with one another, and the marriage that they share is what deforms and alters the two partners.
The second stanza brings in two new images that show this marriage and the agony it brings on both of its partners. The first image of the second stanza is...
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