Imaginative Journeys: Relating Colerdige's "Frost At Midnight" To Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech. (Australian Hsc Essay Recieved 98%)

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WHAT IMAGINATIVE JOURNEYS ARE EXPLORED IN "I HAVE A DREAM"?The speech "I Have a Dream" is an imaginative journey that explores the power of the imagination and its ability to create and teach us about ourselves and our society. King takes the responder on an imaginative journey that transports them from their everyday reality and paints a picture of a future society where "children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character" and "where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers". This journey takes the responder throughout the imagined liberated America, to "the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado" and "the curvaceous peaks of California" for instance. Therefore, the journey leads to a vision and achievement, allows us to transcend actuality (ie. racial injustice) and can lead to a change in perspective or attitude, due its propagandistic nature (ie. could lead to an inner journey).HOW ARE THESE IDEAS CONVEYED?(Language forms, medium, features and structures.)"I Have a Dream" has a dramatic structure, moving from an assessment of black rights and the shortcomings of the Emancipation Proclamation, to a forewarning of the problems that will occur if these problems remain ignored, forward to a vision of a racially just society and how to make this vision a reality. King uses metaphor to throughout all these stages of the journey - "the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity", "the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation uni the bright day of justice emerges" and ("one day...Mississippi...will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice".To reinforce this structure, King blended present tense with an accent towards future tense, and past (the dream reference) with an accent pointing to the present, sending the audience a message that they must respond to the situation with "fierce urgency". To underpin this sense of urgency, King uses much repetition, for example, "Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children".King weaves in historical and geographical references ("When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence", ) and, vitally, incorporates the resources of black folk preaching. These resources included call-and-response interaction with listeners (note in the transcript, King asks a question and his audience responds with a loud "Yes!), a calm-to-storm delivery that begins in a slow, professorial manner before swinging gradually and rhythmically to a dramatic climax; schemes of parallelism, especially anaphora (e.g., "I have a dream that . . .") and clusters of light and dark...

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