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For centuries men have used words to describe feelings and emotions Poets have compared women to flowers and stars Men have been described as fierce animals or cowardly ones Poems are sometimes blunt and forward They make comparisons that give the reader an easy opportunity to derive the meaning However some poems are obscure and open to interpretation The reader is open to making whatever connections he desires There are two writers Virginia Woolf and Annie Dillard who talk about the same subject and use the same example to describe it but both arrive at their destination using completely different routes The more effective essay delivers more of an impact and stronger image The other leaves the reader searching for his own interpretation Annie Dillard wrote an essay entitled Death of A Moth In her essay she speaks of her bathroom and the spider that lives there She describes its victims and describes how she can recognize one of the husks This husk is a moth Dillard recalls a camping trip in which she saw the death of a moth Moths would frequently fly into her candles flame and fizzle One particular moth flies in and lights like a torch It takes up residence on the candle and bums She briefly describes the moths state and then goes about ta1king of her life So how does one interpret the essay Dillards essay is not very clear She does not use effective examples or make comparisons that lead to clear conclusions If the reader did not have some clue about the subject being death the reader would just assume Dillard wrote about seeing a moth bum The moth ignites like a second wick and bums for a good two hours before she blows it out Is the reader supposed to think that even after death the impact of a life can still be felt She describes the moths beauty as it bums
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