Diction and Imagery in the poem Swimming Alone

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The Challangers Quest The world today can be a dangerous place, causing people to be precautions. To be a risk taker in today’s society involves courage and a willingness to be vulnerable. In the poem“Swimming alone,” author Patricia Keeney uses diction and imagery to convey that venturing into risky situations requires one to be brave and yet desperate. The swim is presented to the reader as an enormous challenge that only the brave …

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…faced. Dispite this the speaker brings us back to the horrible question that must be faced, “What if we two wrinkled and cold and buoyant never come out of the lake. This is the ultimate consequence of risk taking, and is why the speaker believes risk taking is for the desperate. For, only the desperate can face the challenge, knowing the ill-fated possibilities. Consequently, only the brave and desperate may have the chance at victory.