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Monday, April 4, 2011

An Analysis of the IMAGERY (A Poetic Element) in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"



 Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

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.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 


Imagery in poetry is about the descriptive  
and figurative "pictures" we imagine with 
our mind's eyes, skin, nose, ears, and tongue  
                 (mental images)


THE KINDS OF IMAGERY:

Visual  - seen in the mind's eye
 
Auditory - represents a sound  
Olfactory  - smell  

Gustatory - taste
 
Tactile - touch
 
Organic  - internal sensation: hunger, thirst, fatigue, fear
 
Kinesthetic – movement


The DESCRIPTIVE MENTAL PICTURES
of the aforementioned poem:


VISUAL

AUDITORY
OLFACTORY
woods
bells

house
wind

village
flake

snow


horse


farmhouse


frozen lake


darkness of the evening


bells










GUSTATORY
TACTILE
ORGANIC
KINESTHETIC

snow

stopping



shaking of the bells



sleep
































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