describe one of the strongest literary images not a picture or a drawing from the reading you encountered from any of the following literature
One of the strongest literary image, that I have ever encountered is from the book 'Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini.
The scene is set in Afghanistan where the lead character returns after a long stay of 10 years in America. It depicts the huge amount of destruction that remained after the wars. It describes horrific scenes in a very poetic manner.
"birches" was written by the american poet robert frost. it was included in frost's third collection of poetry mountain interval. it was published in 1916. containing 59 lines, it is one of robert frost's most famous poems. as well as with other poems that deal with country landscape and wildlife, it represents frost as a naturalist writer.
for me, the most memorable literary image that frost uses in his poem is: “like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair before them over their heads to dry in the sun.” in this excerpt the author is comparing the trees to the beautiful image of girls drying their hairs to the sun and one cannot representing the image in our minds. this mental image is so strong due to the vivid description made in earlier lines of the poem where the author depicts the image of the snow set on the trees: “soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust—such heaps of broken glass to sweep away you'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.” by so vividly describing the power that the winter climate has over the tree’s constitution, the author intends to define the magnificence of the birches (this kind of tree) as they withstand the power of the inclement nature. the author presents this image to us understand the very reason for the birches to be bent over, the main characteristic of the trees presented in the poem.
A strong literary image is the one that causes the reader impact of what he is reading as he can see the mental image and have a strong reaction about it. In the first case "Of Wolves and Men" by Barry Holstun Lopez, the author express the necessity of the wolf's preservation creating a compelling picture of the wolf as a real animal and as imagined by man. This is important for the animal's preservation but is not a strong literary image.
In the second case "Al Gore" in his exposition talks about Global Warming, it was a well-received politically documental in many parts of the world and is credited for raising awareness of how global warming will affect us internationally and with horrible consequences. It's a strong literary image but not at the moment it will be catastrophic in a few years.
In the third case "The Deadliest Tsunami in History? by National Geographic News", talks about the earthquake in 2004 that generate the great Indian Ocean Tsunami, more than 150,000 people were dead or missing also many remain homeless in 11 countries. This was the most destructive tsunami in history. It's a strong literary image because it was very strong for a lot of people but it's a natural phenomenon so no one could prevent it.
In the fourth case "Orphans Give Indian Couple Will to Live; 2004 Tsunami Killed Their Son, Two Daughters" by Shaikh Azizur Rahman, this is most strong literary image of all because this is a touching story as the couple lost his children and feel the pain to live without them, they decided to rescue orphans and give them all that they can't give to their children anymore. This is a change in perspective as the couple loses the reason to live, the orphans give them a new hope and reason for continuing living. This is touching for people and it's also very strong.
Finally in "Wave" by Dale Wisely there is a poem about water as an element that gives life and that is strong as a literary image but that is not always so memorable as the images related to natural disasters and family stories.
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