Imagery In Dudley Randall's 'The Balled Of Birmingham'

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Edgar Alba Prof. Romero ENG 1301 6/26/11 Poetry Essay Dudley Randall “The Balled of Birmingham” have many examples of imagery, for example visual imagery Is used when the child states “in a freedom march today”(4) and the mother replies with “for the dogs are fierce and wild” thus expressing the sense of anger, crazy blood seeking wild dogs whose only believe is to attack and divert people away from the march (6). Another explicit image presented to the reader is when the mother states “for I fear those guns will fire” giving the sense of death and the chaos that will linger in the streets of birningham letting us know that an event/place like that would not be appropriate for a child(14) Instead we are aroused by the feeling…show more content…
(31) in (The Balled of Birmingham” we see that not even a church is safe from such crime of…show more content…
Another visual image is used when “many has lost their boots but limped on, blood shot” and “drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots” creates the mental image of men struggling to stay alive, half rotten and half alive and closer to death (5-7). Another sample of image is used when he begging’s to describe the terrain “dim, through the misty panes and the thick green light, as under a green sea, I saw him drowning” not only does he describe the gas gulping his fellow friends but he describes the death of a soldier when he becomes drowned from the gas and his own vomit and saliva (13-14) Owen also uses auditory image when describing the effects of the gas on one of his fellow soldiers “come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud” the auditory image of such death is compared to being ill with cancer and knowing you’re dieing (22-23). Another visual image paired with “gas! Gas! Quick boys, an ecstasy of fumbling” and but someone still was yelling out and stumbling” creates the image of chaos and confusion within the soldiers that are being attacked and infected with the poisonous gas (9-10). . Dudly Randal uses many words to describe the image of war, pain and discomfort in order to let the reader relate and feel the agony and suffering these soldiers
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