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In the poem Swan and Shadow John Hollander makes use of several visual images in order to emphasize the beauty and meaning of his poem Some of the phrases seem broken such as No of water Or something across Breaking up No Being regathered but these phrases seem to imitate the startle of wings when a swan is preparing to take flight which could be at any moment The capitalization of certain words shows the beginning of sentences yet most capitalization is placed in the bottom part of the poem perhaps illustrating the disjunct ripples in the reflection of a swan serenely drifting Also the phrase even after this bird this hour both drift by atop the perfect sad instant now reads horizontally as if a swan is floating across ones line of vision The cut off phrases illustrate the blurriness of the water of how hard it is to look at a reflection and see exact details of a reflected object The poems tone is sad and lovely imitated by the juxtaposition of phrases into a swan and its reflection alone and beautiful It even says that the swan leaves the vast pale hush of a place The placing of the words also serves to imitate a call-and-response technique answering the questions what when and where The surreal feeling of not being certain about anything parallels with the ripples and blurriness of the reflection with the dreamlike beauty of the swans swim
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