Writing 2211F/G Study Guide - Comprehensive Midterm Guide: Prose Poetry, Free Verse, Language Poets

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Images = words that we can respond to with any of the five senses usually things we can see, but can also be sounds, textures, odors and occasionally tastes. Images are also referred to as concrete nouns. The opposite of an image is an abstraction concepts that the mind must grasp intellectually i. e. war, love, peace, democracy, etc. Civilization depends on abstractions mathematicians, philosophers, politicians all deal with abstractions: poets also deal with abstractions they use images to make an abstraction into a vivid object we can see. Images have impact because we can access their meaning directly, usually in the form of a picture. If (cid:455)ou are(cid:374)"t sure if a (cid:449)ord is a(cid:271)stra(cid:272)t or (cid:272)o(cid:374)(cid:272)rete, ask (cid:455)ourself if it refers to something you can see, hear, taste, smell, or feel. Because poetry relies so heavily on what we see and hear, it is important to select nouns that have impact whenever possible.

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