In “A Rainy Morning” by Ted Kooser, we get a lot of imagery, as well as figures of speech, specifically metaphors. This poem through the use of an extended metaphor helps us to see life and our everyday actions into a new perspective. Here we will examine the poem’s language and imagery to help understand what the theme of “A Rainy Morning” is.
To start, we can look at the title of the poem, “A Rainy Morning”, it is never mentioned in the poem that it is a rainy morning. The poem only mentions that it is morning and that the woman in the wheelchair’s face is wet. I feel that the title is there for imagery purposes. It sets the image and the tone for the poem. The word “Rainy” makes me think gloomy, slippery, wet, and cold. While the word “Morning” makes me think of hope, early, and optimism. Now this is just my opinion, I feel that the title is saying that even though there is rain, something that can come on unexpectedly, the day is still early and anything can happen.
Along with the imagery we get from the title, there is a lot of imagery within this poem. Let us start with the first three lines:
A woman in a wheelchair,
wearing a black nylon poncho splattered in rain,
is pushing herself through the morning (Kooser).
I love how Kooser describes the woman in the poem. The very concrete words in these lines just add to how well I picture her. Notice how she is not wearing a black coat, she is wearing a “black nylon poncho”, such description just creates an image in my mind that compliments the scene of this poem. The “poncho” helps to support the title, and understanding why a poncho over a coat, since it is raining. I do not know why I enjoy the words “black nylon poncho” so much, it is not...
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...oem we can see the many images given to us that appeal to our senses of sight, touch, and sound, these images help us to understand and see what is happening in the poem. The extended metaphor helps to connect the woman in the wheelchair to the pianist. Through the use of the extended metaphor we can see that the woman’s disability does not stop her from being beautiful and natural. Her disability is natural to her and she shows that by having this disability makes her comparable to an artist. There will always be obstacles in life, and times can get hard, but that does not mean that we give up. We should embrace who we are and what we are good at. Show off our skills as an artist would show off his masterpiece. Both the woman and the pianist moved gracefully and effortlessly because their actions are a part of whom they are and that is their natural beauty.
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