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Imagerys Effect On Poetry Imagery is perhaps the most important tool that a writer must possess to be considered great Imagery may be defined as the representation through language of sense experience Arp 607 This means that anything written that can be related to one of our senses for example taste or smell Seamus Heaneys The Forge supplies us with numerous examples of imagery touching on many of our senses The imagery in this poem touches on so many of our senses that I find it somewhat more confusing than helpful He touches on so many senses putting a blurred picture into my mind rather than a crisp clear picture I will however do my best to interpret this piece of work Heaney appeals for the most part to two of our senses sight and olfactory He describes how things look and sound Heaney only tells briefly of how something looks or sounds Then our imagination takes this and forms a recollection of something similar that we have seen Everyone has seen a rusting iron hoop or an axle and that is why Heaney mentions them here We are meant to picture a quaint house perhaps a farmhouse with these items outside leaning against an old garage The old rusting hoops and axles is how the narrator pictures himself Heaney writes The hammered anvils short-pitched ring Heaney 612 This makes me think of an old alarm clock that has to be wound twice a day to ensure proper operation The anvil is the drive telling the man his time may be almost up Due to this drive he is searching for what it means to truly live The man has come to realize that life is unpredictable like a fantail of sparks or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water Heaney 613 Heaney includes this line because the man is looking back on his life and much is simply repetition and we
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