American Literature/ English III
1 June 2012
Analyzing Poems Essay Throughout this last week the class has learned a few of many literary techniques used in poetry. The ones the class has worked on include imagery, symbolism, tone, and emotion. The poems Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost and Hand Shadows by Mary Cornish show theses techniques in both similar and different ways. In this essay, you as a reader will learn how they are similar and contrasted. The class first discussed Imagery, so that is what will come first. Both of these poems have very vivid images of what they are trying to show. These authors both have very wonderful techniques in imagery. Imagery is when you can picture what is happening and you see what the narrator is talking about. Hand Shadows is a very excellent example of imagery. Throughout the entire poem you see every hand shadow that is mentioned especially in lines 9-14, “Outside our tent, skunks shuffled in the woods / beneath a star that died a little every day, / and from a nebula of light diffused / inside Orion’s sword, new stars were born. / My father’s hands became two birds, linked / by a thumb, they flew one following the other.” This quote shows the imagery of both what is happening outside and how it is peaceful inside and out of the tent with spending quality time making hand shadows. You can see the detailed image with every word that is said. In the other poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, you can also see the whole poem through imagery but it is exceptional in line 9-12, “He gives his harness bells a shake / To ask if there is some mistake. / The only other sound’s the sweep / Of easy wind and downy flake.” This stanza of the poem is good with imagery because as a reader you can picture the horse shaking its’ bells while the rest of the woods is completely quiet and still. In addition, the reader can picture the...
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