Structure of Imagery





Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,

And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;

Round many western islands have I been

Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.

Oft of one wide expanse had I been told

That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;

Yet did I never breathe its pure serene

Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:

Then felt I like some watcher of the skies

When a new planet swims into his ken;

Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes

He star'd at the Pacific - and all his men

Look'd at each other with a wild surmise -

Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

............. John Keats


Colour Coding for the Images:

Red for images of books

Blue for images of exploring the New World

Green for images of discoveries in astronomy

What links these images are the basic images of

the undiscovered or unknown

world or worlds


These basic images are also linked as a set, which means that information travels down all these links and resonates back through them. That makes each of the images more powerful. (The linking also gives unity to the poem.) This linked imagery is sometimes called "the logic of imagery".


Now work carefully on the pattern or logic of imagery in your own poem, and send it with notes indicating the linked images, if you've chosen to work with a tutor.

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