Through the use of various techniques and features, composers are able to create images that are distinctively visual and become significantly memorable to their audience. These images are creatively used by composers to communicate significant ideas and thematic concerns more profoundly in their texts. Peter Goldsworthy’s novel ‘Maestro’, and Robert Frost’s poem ‘Mending Walls’, are examples of how composers communicate their purposefully created images to address the significant ideas of their texts.
Goldsworthy’s fictional novel ‘Maestro’ relies heavily on various language techniques to create his profound images of Paul Crabbe’s life as he matures throughout the novel. Metaphor and literal description are the techniques that Goldsworthy uses to create distinctively visual images of characters, as well as to describe the memories Paul has, especially of Darwin and his unforgettable Piano teacher Eduard Keller. Memory is a significant idea of Goldsworthy’s novel that he communicates firstly by depicting Keller from the perspective of Paul as a teenager. Paul describes Keller’s features both literally and metaphorical. “Unforgettable: the red glow of his face – a boozer’s incandescent glow. The pitted sun coarsened skin - a cheap ruined leather” shows how Paul has a lack of respect and depicts him as only a washed up alcoholic, but however, earlier in the novel Paul describes how first impression are “misleading, of course”. Pauls first impressions of Keller are negative and hostile. Paul is taught by a musical Maestro who not only teaches him about his music but also life skills. This is seen through a metaphor “a musical bible.... Czerny” (p123). Through this we see kellers teachings are compared to the bible. Descriptive and emotive language.
Through studying and anylyzing ‘Maestro’ written by Peter Goldsworthy, and the poem ‘Mending Wall’ by Robert Frost, it is evident that the composers of these texts allow the audience to see distinctive experience...
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