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Essay | Imagery in Poems and What They Represent

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Imagery in Poems and What They Represent

Summary: Baxter's uses of style in his poems are evident and have helped the reader to understand the poems better. The use of features such as imagery, sentence types and structure in his poems `Tomcat' and 'The Ballad of Calvary Street' have helped enforce the ideas clearly and also helped to a great extent the understanding of these ideas for the reader.
The poems `Tomcat' and `The Ballad of Calvary Street' by James K. Baxter use stylistic features such as imagery, sentence type and structure to a great extent to strongly shape the readers understanding of the ideas being portrayed.

One idea in the poem `Tomcat' is masculinity, which is portrayed by the cat and emphasised by the use of imagery. The line `badges/ of bouts and fights' shows that the tomcat likes to prove his manliness by fighting and shows his battle scars like badges of his bravery. Also the line `He lodges in cellars, and the tight furred scrotum drives him into wars' reinforces the idea of the cat's masculinity as he sleeps in undesirable places and is driven to fight to show his manliness. Baxter respects the cat's masculinity and this is proven at the end when the cat is unwell, it...

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