Poetic Analysis

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THEME 1#
Genesis

In Mark McWatt's anthology "The Journey to Le Repentir" McWatt examine various aspects of beginnings. McWatt skillfully uses a poetic device called imagery to emphasize the beginning of new life and sublime genesis. McWatt also makes use of a particular structure which is patterned by poets who dominated the early modern English period of poetry, called blank verses. However, by gracefully imbed images to illustrated diverse aspects of birth and creation of infinite potential.

This image of infinite potential is illustrated by a few personas in “The Journey to Le Repentir” and also various aspects of birth. In the poem “Universe” we see the persona expressing two separate themes of genesis, the first is the birth is one of the universe when he states “a place and a mined inter - / penetrated through a membrane of wonder (4)” [My footnote indicator]. This suggests that the persona “a mind interpenetrated through a membrane of wonder” to illustrate that mind overwhelms the membrane that constricts it from endless potential. The second theme of the genesis is seen when this persona states “competitive learning, of the sensuous adventure of knowledge that has never let me go”. The persona uses words like “competitive”, “learning”, “knowledge” and “Adventure” to create an image similar to the first birth, in that, “sensuous adventure” like “a membrane of wonder (4)” represents a gamble for unknown futures and prospect. However, the only variation between the two is that the genesis of the first stanza takes place physically and the other takes place in the mind of an individual. Another poem in which we can see a transformation and genesis by an individual mentally is in the poem “Anatomical”. This persona creates an image of firstly the presence of innocence in himself, with the use of adjectival words like “mysteriously”, “smiling curiosity” “me in shock of the sudden transformation” giving a generalized understanding on his lack of...
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