Summer Farm – Imagery
As I read this poem, I could forget about busy and crowded city life and think about relaxing, cosy and calming country life and I had a strong feeling that everything in summer farm is passing slowly, peacefully and thoughtfully. This is all because that Norman MacCaig has used lots of ‘unusual’ imagery: “A swallow falls and, flickering through the barn, dives up again into the dizzy blue”. We, as readers question how can a swallow possibly flicker through the barn and dive up into the sky. The word, flicker in a literary definition, means to spark. However in this poem, a flickering swallow shows the style of how the swallow is flying in a very placid way, like a sea wave. On the third line of the third stanza: “as this grasshopper with … and finds himself in space” also leave us some questions of what does plated face and finding himself in space show. I still can’t figure them out – no one knows the exact meaning. The ‘unusual’ images that MacCaig has used made readers to think in a new way about familiar things, actually keep remaining in our minds and question why does the poet say that and how that imagery does works within the poem. While we keep thinking about it, this poem would be remembered for a long time.