Diction And Imagery In The Poe Essay

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Diction And Imagery In The Poe


The Challangers Quest
The world today can be a dangerous place, causing people to be precautions. To be a risk
taker in today's society involves courage and a willingness to be vulnerable. In the
poem'Swimming alone,'; author Patricia Keeney uses diction and imagery to convey that
venturing into risky situations requires one to be brave and yet desperate.

The swim is presented to the reader as an enormous challenge that only the brave and
desperate would face, such as a player in a challenging computer game. Diction such as
'dangerous' and 'trouble' used throughout the swim maintains the risk the swimmer must
face. The line'whirled pearl smoke,'; signifies confusion which heightens the unsureness
of the situation. Vulnerability becomes evident as the swimmer suffers 'cunning furtive
spasms.'; The challenge heightens and the swimmer is represented as an 'angry isolate.';
Like a computer game special affects are added in to increase the danger such as the
lightning and the darkness.

Imagery such as 'Deliberately fracturing glass moving down through pools'; conveys the
mental picture of the water being glass shattered with every stroke. Shattering glass
suggesting danger and fear. 'Barely missing the moon's pale hiss,'; portrays the image of
a deadly snake, heightening the risk of the challenge. The depiction of 'white nudes
between each sizzling shaft,'; brings to the reader the vulnerability the swimmer feels
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