Women on a Beach

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Language Arts
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Poetry

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Women on a Beach

"Light chooses white sails, the bellies of gulls."-This line of the poem helps you to visualize how bright the beach is, and how the light enhances everything that is white.

Woman On A Beach

Light chooses white sails, the bellies of gulls.Far away in a boat, someone wears a red shirt,a tiny stab in the pale sky.Your three bodies form a curving shoreline,pink and brown sweaters, bare legs.The beach glows grainy under the sun's copper pressure,air the colour of tangerines.One of you is sleeping, the wind's fingeron your cheek like a tendril of hair.Night exhales its long held breath.Stars puncture through.At dusk you are a small soft heap, a kind of moss.In the moonlight, a boulder of women.

"Far away in a boat, someone wears a red shirt, a tiny stab in the pale sky."-I believe that this line is supposed to symbolize passion and desire. The colour red is a very vibrant colour that can portray a lot of different feelings and emotions but in this case I feel like they are trying to evoke the womens passion for the beach.-The author is trying to contrast the colours of red against the sky, which is a pale blue, she also says "a tiny stab in the pale sky" where i believe she is trying to show that the red shirt disrupts the paleness of the sky.

"Your three bodies form a curving shoreline, pink and brown sweaters, bare legs."-This line helps the reader visualize how the three womens bodies look compared to the shoreline, since the author is comparing them and saying that they are alike; the reader can see the similarities between the women and shoreline in their head.

"The beach glows grainy under the sun's copper pressure, air the colour of tangerines"-This line helps you vizualise the suns tangerine colour and the copper glowing sand.

"One of you is sleeping, the wind's fingeron your cheek like a tendril of hair." -In this line you are able to vizualize how the wind would be blowing on the womans cheek like a strand of hair.

"Night exhales its along held breath. Stars puncture through."-In this part of the poem, the authour uses another harsh word like she did previously when she said "a tiny STAB in the pale sky" she is now saying "Stars PUNCTURE through." i think she is doing this to add emphasis to what is going on, instead of saying "the stars were shining" she said something that helped the resder to visualize and understand.

"At dusk you are a small soft heap, a kind of mossIn the moonlight, a boulder of women."-This is the last line of the poem where she compares the women to moss and then a boulder. I believe that the author is trying to symbolize that the women are one with nature.

By: Anne Michaels


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