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The Challangers Quest The world today can be a dangerous place causing people to be precautions To be a risk taker in todays society involves courage and a willingness to be vulnerable In the poemSwimming alone author Patricia Keeney uses diction and imagery to convey that venturing into risky situations requires one to be brave and yet desperate The swim is presented to the reader as an enormous challenge that only the brave and desperate would face such as a player in a challenging computer game Diction such as dangerous and trouble used throughout the swim maintains the risk the swimmer must face The linewhirled pearl smoke signifies confusion which heightens the unsureness of the situation Vulnerability becomes evident as the swimmer suffers cunning furtive spasms The challenge heightens and the swimmer is represented as an angry isolate Like a computer game special affects are added in to increase the danger such as the lightning and the darkness Imagery such as Deliberately fracturing glass moving down through pools conveys the mental picture of the water being glass shattered with every stroke Shattering glass suggesting danger and fear Barely missing the moons pale hiss portrays the image of a deadly snake heightening the risk of the challenge The depiction of white nudes between each sizzling shaft brings to the reader the vulnerability the swimmer feels running from one danger to another Also the affect of a challenging computer game is again played The swimmer is like a loosing player challenging each feat and then faced with yet another Some goodness comes out of taking the risk of swimming alone Onesprohibition and expectations are ignored The challenger of this feat has let go of all egoism as a result of the vulnerability faced Dispite this the speaker brings us back to the horrible question that must be faced What if we two wrinkled and cold and buoyant never come out of the lake This is the
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