Lone Bather By A.M. Klein And The Swimmer By Irving Layton

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Poetry is used to send a variety of messages, either through its imagery, meaning, or by the poetic devices used. Each and every poem has something special and unique to offer to the reader, as long as the reader looks deep enough to find it. “Lone Bather'; written by A.M. Klein, and “The Swimmer'; by Irving Layton both offer such messages to the reader. At first glance, these messages seem surprising similar, but after further examination they are in fact strikingly different. The similarities are most evident in the imagery and use of poetic devices, however there are some cases where they are contrary. Meanwhile the differences are most obvious in the meaning, but due to the general similar themes of the two poems, some similarities are found.
     
     The imagery used in the two poems is very similar at times. Both authors describe to the readers a picturesque view of nature, like plants blooming in the springs. Proof of this is found in “Lone Bather'; : “ is plant with lilies bursting from its heels.'; Similarly, in “The Swimmer'; the first
stanza reads “ opening the spray corollas'; which also means the blooming of flowers or plants. This similarity is very strong, as it helps to paint the same picture in the reader’s head. Both describe a very beautiful scene of nature involving the blossoming of a plant, perhaps reflecting the
changes the character might go through.

     However, there is one fact that distinguishes the imagery in “Lone Bather'; from the imagery used in “The Swimmer.'; The “Lone Bather'; tends to describe a softer, calmer image, while “The Swimmer'; seems to have a rougher, more darkened picture it paints for the reader. For example, in “Lone Bather';: “ He rolls in his heap of fruit, he slides his belly over the melonrinds of
water, curved and smooth and green.'; This seems to illustrate the peacefulness of the situation, almost creating a lazy, calm atmosphere. However, the imagery within “The Swimmer'; is quite opposite. “The Swimmer'; tends to portray a scene of force, as there is no evidence of the peaceful interaction between man and water as found in “Lone Bather.'; Evidence of such force is found in the first stanza: “ ...by his act of war-the snake heads strike.'; This in fact is the exact opposite of “Lone Bather.'; Throughout the two poems there are many examples of these types of contrasts regarding imagery. Another example is found in the quote “ ...the ecstatic diving board the diver, poised for parabolas, lets go ...his manshape to become a bird'; which is found in the beginning of “Lone Bather.'; Irving Layton starts his poem, with a different view of the entrance of the man into the water : “ the swimmer plunges from...

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