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AIS essay 1 - Emma Robinson 903-255-9065 February 15, 2008...

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1Emma Robinson 903-255-9065 February 15, 2008 IMAGE IS POWER According to the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics , the word ‘image’ is “among the most widely used and poorly understood terms in poetic theory, occurring in so many different contexts that it may well be impossible to provide any rational, systematic account of its usage.” For this reason, the use of poetic “image” has been debated and studied by literary critics for centuries. How should we understand image; as being a metaphor or a description? How do we distinguish between the literal language and its figurative counterpart? Since it is acknowledged that this may be an impossible task, perhaps the more pertinent question then becomes ‘Do we even have to?’ After examining the actual effect image has on the reader, I have formed the argument that, regardless of the context, image is the driving force or the “powerhouse” of poetry. It is, in my opinion, absolutely central to the art, allowing the reader to bridge gaps between space, time, and culture–instantly transporting them to a mental destination, complete with sensations and emotions that can be felt in the very core of their being. “A poetic image is, variously, a metaphor, simile, or figure of speech; a concrete verbal reference; a recurrent motif; a psychological event in the reader’s mind; the vehicle or second term of a metaphor; a symbol or symbolic pattern; or the global impression of a poem as a unified structure” ( New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics ). The human mind is a powerful vehicle. We can read about sensations, thoughts, emotions, and moments in time, but it is the mental image that truly allows us to experience the scenario, or at least a tiny part of it.
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When poets can paint a mental picture for the reader through their words, it consequently allows the reader to project themselves there–touching the intangible, or perhaps understanding the inexplicable. When considered in this sense, there is no question as to the significance of image used in contemporary Native American poetry. Most readers’ ignorance concerning the histories and customs of various indigenous tribes of North America only adds to the power behind the images created through the language used. For example, this quote from “Things (for an Indian) to Do
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course AIS 450 taught by Professor Teuton during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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