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Poetic imagery

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.