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Poetry is used to send a variety of messages either through its imagery meaning or by the poetic devices used Each and every poem has something special and unique to offer to the reader as long as the reader looks deep enough to find it Lone Bather written by AM Klein and The Swimmer by Irving Layton both offer such messages to the reader At first glance these messages seem surprising similar but after further examination they are in fact strikingly different The similarities are most evident in the imagery and use of poetic devices however there are some cases where they are contrary Meanwhile the differences are most obvious in the meaning but due to the general similar themes of the two poems some similarities are found The imagery used in the two poems is very similar at times Both authors describe to the readers a picturesque view of nature like plants blooming in the springs Proof of this is found in Lone Bather is plant with lilies bursting from its heels Similarly in The Swimmer the first stanza reads opening the spray corollas which also means the blooming of flowers or plants This similarity is very strong as it helps to paint the same picture in the readers head Both describe a very beautiful scene of nature involving the blossoming of a plant perhaps reflecting the changes the character might go through However there is one fact that distinguishes the imagery in Lone Bather from the imagery used in The Swimmer The Lone Bather tends to describe a softer calmer image while The Swimmer seems to have a rougher more darkened picture it paints for the reader For example in Lone Bather He rolls in his heap of fruit he slides his belly over the melonrinds of water curved and smooth and green This seems to illustrate the peacefulness of the situation almost creating a lazy calm
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