I chose the poem The Red Wheelbarrow for the analysis because using a few words, the author manages to emphasize the importance of farmers, labor, and agriculture. That is why all phrases and words are meaningful and have a specific connotation. For the discussion, I selected the word “red” and looked for its meaning in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. There are five definitions proposed by the site. First of all, the first and denotative meaning can be applied to the text “of the color red.” However, I also think that the author might appeal to the second meaning” “flushed, especially with anger or embarrassment.” The wheelbarrow is not a living being, however, using this epithet, the author also might show the context of being tired from such a job and feeling angry cause of its difficulty.
In the poem Begotten, Andrew Hudgins avoids creating an angry or irritated tone when speaking about his relatives. On the contrary, it seems warm and patronizing. Mainly, this effect is achieved by the irony that a child who is younger than the rest of others watches them and cogitates about features of the family that make all members close to each other.
Martha Collins plays with the two meanings of the word lie “to be in a horizontal position” and “to make an untrue statement.” Replacing such meanings, she creates specific connotations needed to understand the tone. Moreover, she plays with the words “to lay” and “to lie” because of the similarity of their sounding, which also helps to form a specific image of the poem.
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