Mixed Language And Imageries In The Poem Lies By Martha Collins

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“Lies” and “Dover Beach”
    The poem “Lies” by Martha Collins who plays so well with the word “lie” in the first six lines of this poem. “Lies” is a great piece that includes a strong mixed languages and imageries.With her choice of language, “Lies”  has many of its different meanings that did get me so confusing when I just first read this poem. Collins uses the single word “lie” which seems crucial to the poem’s total effect and theme. This mess of words helps us to point out how much one word (lie) can be manipulated and twisted into so many different meanings in a poem. It implies that there are too many secrets in our life.
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The last sentence “if we must lie, let's not lie around" that voices Collins’s true feelings towards lying. I’m interpreted as that lying takes a lot of effort which can get both parties in trouble, so it is easier to tell each other the truth. Or, I could take it in this way that she is saying if we are going to lie, we’d better think of a good story because we all know that the secrets will eventually get out one day. Collins makes this poem more appealing, imaginative, and enjoyable for the readers. Collins explores our capacity for violence and subtle forms of cruelty, as well as the disturbing power of words themselves to hurt and divide us. But Collins also reminds us that the language of poem is most restorative when it makes demands upon us.
    The poem “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold is one of his most famous poems, although he wrote many more than that. It's included in anthologies and memorized by school kids today, almost 150 years after it was published. According to the text, it appears that “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold is set on the coast of France and England which is bordered by the English Channel. The setting of the poem was in 1851 in France. "Dover Beach" opens with a quiet scene. It is the night by the seashore. The couple listen to the sound of the waves. Then, all of a sudden it zooms out. And we mean way out. Although this poem is not a prayer, it is a kind of plea for hope despite the modern loss of faith. The “Dover Beach” has a much deeper meaning when I read closely. "Dover Beach" is a great example of a poem that's honest about how dark and scary life can be sometimes.
   The poem uses very specific imagery to show how the oceans characteristics reflects mankind, “Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land”( line 8)...

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