In his poem “The Portrait,” poet Stanley Kunitz uses imagery and figurative language to show us his theme of writing. In the poem, Kunitz uses sight imagery to describe a clear image in the story. Later in the poem, Kunitz uses sensitive imagery to describe the characters thoughts. Kunitz also uses figurative language in his poem, for instance in lines sentences when he describes deep level brown eyes. This example of figurative language is a simile / metaphor because it’s not really true.
Imagery. In the final lines of the poem, the character says that he had a portrait and that in the portrait his father was in it and that his father he killed himself at a local park. Based on this evidence, I feel that Stanley Kunitz is trying to show us that if you kill yourself in a park you will miss out on things in the present and that some things can’t be forgiven