This week was really focused on being selective. The Poem of the Week being one by Emily DIckinson entitled I felt a Funeral, in my Brain. While we were analyzing the poem we focused one day completely on imagery. There are so many types of imagery-auditory, olfactory, gustatory, internal, tactile, kinesthetic, and visual-that I never really had focused on one type of imagery before. When you actually look at every type of imagery you start to realize that poets and authors alike use only selective types to help convey to the reader what the speaker is saying.
In my past reading choices I have always preferred to read books that are full of visual and auditory imagery; however, I am very selective in what I choose to acknowledge from the imagery that is given to me. I usually have visuals in my head of a scene location or a character, so when the author describes something contradictory I will ignore it. After paying attention to the specific types of imagery, I have come to realize that I should not selectively choose to pay attention to. Each piece of imagery is placed to have a meaning and if I ignore pieces that do not match in my mind I am ignoring the speaker and changing the story.
Being selective is usually seen as being picky in today’s world, but after being selective in what I was reading/looking for today really allowed me to gain new knowledge. Each piece of writing has specific literary devices that work together to create a piece of Literature and when authors are selective in what they choose to include and exclude there is a reason they did so. In looking at the selectiveness of a piece and then forcing myself to be selective in what I looked at, I was able to see that being selective does not always mean being picky.