In Smith’s poem, “Beachy Head,” the use of descriptive language is heavily employed. In the very first line, Smith uses the term sublime to describe the summit. At first, I was taken aback by this. Should she not be focused on showing her audience how sublime this image is instead of out right telling them? Upon further thought however, I realized the potential power in calling a thing what it is or what it means in a blatant way. Poets are often accused of dancing around an object accompanied by the use of metaphors and similes. Smith however, decides to face her object of choice head-on.
While I read this poem, I noticed how wrapped up in the language I became. There were moments when I simply forgot that I was reading instead of experiencing these images firsthand.