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At your last literary club meeting, you are discussing how imagery assists poets in presenting their narratives (stories) and themes.
Using all that you have learned thus far, complete the following:

Eleanor Rigbyâ? by John Lennon (pg. 530) ·
â??The Weary Blues â?? by Langston Hughes (pg. 697)· ·
â??Swan and Shadowâ? by John Hollander (pg. 598) ·
â??Mother to Sonâ? by Langston Hughes (pg. 695) ·
â??We Are Manyâ? (Machos Somos) by Pablo Nerada (pgs. 652-653) ·
â??Perfect Dress by Marisa de los Santos (pgs. 743-744) ·
â??Men at Fortyâ? by Donald Justice (pg. 644) ·
â??Ethicsâ? by Linda Pastan (pg. 777)

Explain how these authors use imagery to advance their themes and narratives about life.

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As you discuss how imagery assists poets in presenting their narratives (stories) and themes, "Eleanor Rigby" utilizes strong imagery to convey the theme of social isolation and loneliness within society and its members. Lennon suggests how Eleanor Rigby "Lives in a dream/Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door/Who is it for?" This dream-like imagery and use of personification provide aesthetics but also show how she is unable to assimilate into society.

Similarly, "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes also uses imagery to convey theme. His imagery is more musically and kinesthetically based as he describes, "Droning a drowsy syncopated tune, Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon, I heard a Negro play. Down on Lenox Avenue the other night." Sensory images draw the reader to the setting of the poem as the imagery moves, Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool, He played that ...

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Poetic imagery is assessed in several texts.

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Analyzing Imagery in Poetry

Using all that you have learned thus far, analyze how the imagery used in the following poems advances the themes of the poets and convey meaning:

- "The Times They Are a-Changin" by Bob Dylan
- "Bonny Barbara Allen " by Anonymous
- "Ex-Basketball Player" by John Updike
- "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
- "Ballad of the Landlord"
- "Perfect Dress by Marisa de los Santos
- "Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman
- "Recuerdo" by Edna St. Vincent Milay

Write 3-4 paragraphs explaining how the poets use imagery to advance their themes and convey meaning about life.

- Support your position with evidence from the poems
- Provide cited evidence from the poems themselves.

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