The images readers may have from this poem will vary from smell, seeing and even hearing. The images are beautiful and disturbing. The title of the poem is beautiful and brings images of excuisite flower fields and young children dancing around in them . When "Flower Feet" you get further through the poem the images change from sweet to disturbing. You start seeing young girls faces full of pain "If the feet had been cut off and the raw stumps thrust inside the openings, surely it could hurt no more than broken toes". Readers will also discover other senses being brought out. When you first look at the poem you have the scent of tropical flowers in your mind "Embroidered with twined sprays of flowers". Further in the poem you will almost hear the young girls cries of pain, for her small feet hurt so terriably. Then you may also hear the new generation of these girls sigh with relief.
Figures of Speech, Similies, and Metaphors
The poem did not use many similies or metaphors, but the few that were used described the experience that these women had to go through. "Real women's feet wore these objects that look like toys or spectacle cases..." This comparison helps the reader visualize the way these women's shoes looked. The shoes were so small they resembled toys that were lavishly stitched with different colors of silk strands and embroidered with flowers. Even though the pain these women endured was probably unbearable, this line describes how pretty the shoes that they wore were.
"She stood on points of pain that gnawed like fire..." This line just makes you want to cringe. By referring to the woman's feet as "points of pain" gives you a sense of how painful this tradition was and the pain that these women had to accept. The words "gnawed like fire" only emphasize the idea of the pain these women felt.
"Tottering walk on flower feet" This metaphor may be interpreted many ways, but I interpreted it as saying that the women were "tottering" (walking unsteadily) because their feet were so gentle and tender just like a flower. Due to the discomfort and pain they felt, these women had to probably walk very gently and slowly. The "flower feet" could also have been used to describe the women's shoes, which were richly decorated in flowers. These pretty shoes helped to hide the pain that was inside of them.
In Ruth Fainlight's poem Flower Feet the word choice depicted was the middle and informal diction. In the first paragraph the word choice was middle diction because Fainlight talked about the stylish shoes that the chinese women wore. She went into great detail about the designs. She described the material used in every aspect. It is clear that this would be a conversation of an educated person because of the words used such as spectacles, crescents and span.
In the second paragraph of Fainlight's Flower Feet it is depicting informal diction. The speaker was very relaxed and comfortable. Common language was used in the descriptions. For example, she talked about the feet being cut off and the raw stumps. She explained the foot binding in simplified terms. For example, "...broken toes, twisted back and bandaged tight." There were three levels of diction and middle and informal both fit this poem.