Imagery of Havisham, Spinster, and Mrs. Midas

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Imagery is one of the most potent instruments which a poet can use to awaken the feelings of a reader. Compare the nature and effects of images in three or four poems that you have studied. Sylvia Plath’s ‘Spinster’, Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Havisham’ along with ‘Ms. Midas’ are all poems which present the reader with strong, prominent female characters, and their perished relationships. Both poets use both color as well as natural imagery in order to depict the emotions of these women throughout the length of the poems. In Plath’s ‘Spinster’, the protagonist in the poem realizes that she does not desire to share her life with this man because it may result in her losing control over her own life, Duffy’s ‘Havisham’ is a reimagining of Dickens’ infamous spinster, and ‘Mrs. Midas’ is a poem written from the viewpoint of the wife of the mythological King Midas, who had a wish granted which caused everything he touched to turn to gold. The use of color within the poems “Spinster” and “Havisham” are portrayal of the feeling of the speaker at the given moment in the poem The use of color within the poems “Spinster” and “Havisham” are a portrayal of the feeling of the speaker at the given moment in the poem. It can be noted that brighter, vibrant colors, appear at the beginning at the poem, and begin to deteriorate into bleaker, darker colors as the poem progresses, along with the speaking voices emotions. An example of this can be seen at the beginning of the poem ‘Spinster, in which she describes the colors of spring as “a rank wilderness of fern and disarray”, expressing the speaking voice disdain for this disorder. As the poem progresses, the woman praises winter for its orderly format, “Of white and black”. Plath is obviously attempting to portray the speakers disdain for disordered arrays of colors, and prefers the contrasting colors of both white and black.

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