Flower Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay Essay

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My static image is on the poem ‘Flower-Fed Buffaloes’ written by Vachel Lindsay. Urbanisation is one of the dominant and important themes, which is supported by the idea of nature and man. Therefore, my static image is based on this theme. Urbanisation is the process associated with the development of civilisation and technology in a rural area, in which is shown in this poem. ‘Flower-Fed Buffaloes’ is about the rapid extinction and disappearance of not only the buffaloes in America, but also Native American tribes, as a result of urbanisation (shown in the poem through objects like locomotives).
The verbal techniques used to portray this theme are the quote and the engraving on the last image. Firstly, the quote reads “is swept away by
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The first visual technique used is the font. Firstly, the line “is swept away by wheat” is coloured in green, to represent the stereotypical colour of nature. However, as this line is also showing how wheat is specifically planted by man, the font is fading away – representing the gradual takeover by the industry of nature and the buffaloes. The font is a simple italic style and done by hand, used to represent the simplicity of nature and the times where the buffaloes were free.
The line “wheels and wheels and wheels spin by” is in a grey block font. The colour grey is used to show the monotony and receptiveness of the industry, which is what this line represents. Also, it is not done by hand to further solidify the theme of urbanisation and relate back to the meaning of the line.
Other visual techniques used are the images. There is not one dominant image; however, each image is related to one another. Firstly, the girl represents the buffaloes (and to some extent, the Native Americans). Secondly, the grass and flowers represent, typically, nature, and the changes it undergoes as well. Also, the line “wheels and wheels and wheels spin by” is specifically related to these images, as the continuity of this quote highlights the on-going change due to urbanisation; which is represented by the changing images of the girl. The first image is a baby girl clutching a bouquet of flowers, standing in lush green grass filled with flowers. The girl now is representing

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