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Analyzing Imagery in Poetry

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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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You were asked to review the poems listed and identify their themes based on the imagery expressed. I have listed each of the poems below with examples of imagery and the overarching themes of each piece. I hope this is helpful to you.

Dr. B.

- "The Times They Are a-Changin" by Bob Dylan
water imagery ("sink like a stone")--theme: If we do not adjust to our surroundings then we will not be successful in a future that demands flexibility and change.
writing imagery ("Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your ...