The Kiss

The Kiss

In literature, there is a constant use of various literary devices. Imagery is a literary device that uses the patterns of related comparative aspects of language in literary work. In ?Short Story on a Painting of Gustav Klimt?, Lawrence Frelinghetti uses imagery to develop the poem?s tone, feeling, self impression, and meaning. Lawrence Frelinghetti describes how the colors of the poem contributeto the meaning of the literary work.
The colors in Gustav?s Klimt The Kiss spin around the two figures in the painting, catching the eye and drawing the reader in with their wild necessity. Two lovers? robes shape the couple into a single body, pushed together and pulled upward by the empty space that surrounds them, held up by the bed of colorful flowers they rest upon. The dark colors in the man?s robe emerge almost invisibly into the brighter, clearer colors of the woman?s. The figures are overwhelmed by the richness of their clothing. Therefore, Ferlinghetti touches briefly upon the couple?s garments ? he describes the man?s ?..gold/harlequin robe/checkered with /dark squares,? and the woman?s ?long dress made/of multicolored blossoms/quilted on gold.? Both of these descriptions support the poet?s argument for the man?s locomotive power and the woman?s passivity.

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