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1 Tae’jainique Bedford Meagan Pikedean Poem Analysis 27 September 2019 “Crossing the Swamp” Essay In Oliver’s “Crossing the Swamp”, the speaker is observing a swamp. At first, they describe the swamp as disgusting, but eventually respects and becomes somewhat hopeful for the swamp. The poet creates a complex relationship between the speaker and swamp by using creative imagery, figurative language, and well organization that captivates the reader’s attention and takes them on the emotional rollercoaster of the dynamic relationship between the swamp and speaker. Throughout the poem, Oliver uses vivid imagery to elaborate on how the speaker sees the swamp. An example is where it says, “..sink silently into the black, slack soup.”(Oliver line 20-
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Unformatted text preview: 22).The speaker makes the swamp seem suffocating and disgusting. This imagery forces the reader to imagine the swamp and gives them the feeling of uneasiness and dread because it gives the swamp the image as a void, such as a black hole, that sucks all your happiness and joy away. Towards the end of the poem, the poet uses imagery that makes the swamp seem prettier and nice. Some lines where Oliver uses this imagery is when it says, “..painted and glittered with the fat grassy mires,..rich and succulent marrows of earth.."(Oliver line 24-28). These lines helps the reader see the swamp in a more hopeful light, possibly reflecting the speaker's new thoughts on the swamp....
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