How does the language of these poems work to convey their meaning? As well as the actual words on the page, we need to consider the sound they make, and any imagery [imagery: Vivid 'word pictures' used by a writer to conjure up a mental image of something. ] the poet creates with them.
"lost". It creates a sense of foreboding, especially when we do not hear the answer from the father that we may have been expecting. We are horrified that the father leaves the child. We do not know whether he loses him accidentally in the dark night, or on purpose. Either way, he is not fulfilling his duties as a parent.
"The night was dark",
"no father was there") - to show the abandoned child's terrifying situation. We know he weeps. The danger has increased: he is wet and cold, surrounded by swamps, and the phosphorescent
"vapour"that may have provided him with some light disappears. All is dark.
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