Imagery in Sally Croft’s “Home Baked Bread”
“Home Baked Bread”
The poem “Home-Baked Bread” is a play on words. The title sounds wholesome and gives the impression of a cozy environment with a homemade feel but as you read on it sounds like a woman that is weaving a web of sensual pleasures. The author puts together a play on words that strikes the imagination with vision, touch and smell. The words say one thing but mean another. This example is demonstrated when she writes “I have prepared a cunning triumph” (Line 4) this is describing some sort of victory that the preparer has set out to achieve. The question is what is the goal? If looked at a bit closely it can be perceived that the “cunning triumph” is to win her intent over with an old recipe passed on from her Great Aunt. “Spices and herbs sealed in a porcelain jar” (lines 5-6) sounds like some sort of love spell that she intends to cast. It gives the impression that it has begun to work on her intent when she goes on to write “Come, rest your feet. I’ll make you tea with honey and slices of warm bread spread with peach butter” (10-13) This makes one wonder if her intent is beginning to surrender and unable to resist the invitation of her affection.
When reading this poem, descriptions of how the heat rises from the bread makes for a welcoming environment that declares something warm and toasty. She relays a message that not only does the sight of the warm bread look good but it smells delicious and it overwhelms her suitor. This poem screams pleasant all the way through it with descriptions of a garden with fresh fragrant peaches growing at arms reach. It goes on to describe an upstairs bedroom that later she invites her intent into. The bedroom is described with the overflow of sunlight that pours into the room and “lies like honey on the floor” (24) and an open window with the fragrance of peaches that flood through and envelopes with its fresh smell.
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