How does the author apply imagery?

How does Anne Sexton apply imagery to develop the theme in "Courage"?


It is in the small things we see it.

The child’s first step,

as awesome as an earthquake.

The first time you rode a bike,

wallowing up the sidewalk.

The first spanking when your heart

went on a journey all alone.

When they called you crybaby

or poor or fatty or crazy

and made you into an alien,

you drank their acid

and concealed it.


if you faced the death of bombs and bullets

you did not do it with a banner,

you did it with only a hat to

comver your heart.

You did not fondle the weakness inside you

though it was there.

Your courage was a small coal

that you kept swallowing.

If your buddy saved you

and died himself in so doing,

then his courage was not courage,

it was love; love as simple as shaving soap.


if you have endured a great despair,

then you did it alone,

getting a transfusion from the fire,

picking the scabs off your heart,

then wringing it out like a sock.

Next, my kinsman, you powdered your sorrow,

you gave it a back rub

and then you covered it with a blanket

and after it had slept a while

it woke to the wings of the roses

and was transformed.


when you face old age and its natural conclusion

your courage will still be shown in the little ways,

each spring will be a sword you’ll sharpen,

those you love will live in a fever of love,

and you’ll bargain with the calendar

and at the last moment

when death opens the back door

you’ll put on your carpet slippers

and stride out.

-Anne Sexton

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    The child’s first step,

    as awesome as an earthquake

    words that make pics in your head theres ALOT of imagery..

  • dech
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    I discover it humorous how the paper says that the similarities among Christ's loss of life and ressurection and the ones of Pagan Gods are considering the fact that pupils sre utilizing Christian language whilst evaluating the 2. Umm... this God dies and lives once more. THIS God dies and lives once more, too... does not topic what phrases you employ to explain it, it is nonetheless the equal factor. Also, ask your self what the rabbit, the logo of the Celtic Goddess of Spring, Ostara, is doing with Christ at the same time he's being crusified. And I do not consider Jesus having painted eggs with him, both. Those are fertility symbols of... Ostara. I most likely would and might have commented at the relaxation of the paper had i had the four days required to learn it however I have a existence.

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