Charlotte Smith’s “Beachy Head”

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. 

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