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    Default explode, gustatory imagery

    Hi,

    Please can the verb "explode" make a auditory image.

    For example:

    "Or does it explode?"
    A dream deferred, Hughes.

    It think it is, since the verb "explode" does trigger the sense of hearing.

    Correct me please.

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    Default Re: explode, gustatory imagery

    No. 'Gustatory' has to do with taste.
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    Default Re: explode, gustatory imagery

    But in literary contexts I think I've met the phrase 'explodes on the tongue' - it's obviously hyperbolic, but I think it makes a kind of sense.

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    Default Re: explode, gustatory imagery

    I don't think it has anything to do with taste in Hughes's poem

    What happens to a Dream deferred?

    Does it dry up

    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore—
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over—
    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?
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    Default Re: explode, gustatory imagery

    Certainly not in that context. He's talking about a dream. I've no idea what the last line means, but it's obviously nothing to do with taste.

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    Default Re: explode, gustatory imagery

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Certainly not in that context. He's talking about a dream. I've no idea what the last line means, but it's obviously nothing to do with taste.
    It seems fairly straightforward (which doesn't necessarily mean that it has real meaning):

    What happens to a Dream deferred?

    Does it dry up ...Or fester ...Does it stink ...
    Or crust and sugar over ...Maybe it just sags ...Or does it explode?
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    Default Re: explode, gustatory imagery

    I am sorry I meant auditory imagery.
    So, can it be an auditory imagery?

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    Default Re: explode, gustatory imagery

    Whatever works for you! - it's an image. In my view it's more about evanescence than about noise (which dreams don't make), but make of it what you will.

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