The sport of baseball, just as in any sport is a game of inches, speed, power and gracefulness. The poem “Double Play” by Robert Wallace shows each of these characteristics. Baseball is a sport that is one of my personal favourites. Along with being a sport I enjoy immensely I also play baseball for the university. Therefore, this poem has helped to relate my situations on the playing field to the world of poetry. Robert Wallace puts emphasis on one particular play in baseball, the double play. Wallace depicts the double play as a form of art and speed, he shows this through the use of figures of speech such as simile and metaphor and the use of imagery.
Wallace uses figures of speech such as similes and metaphors to depict a double play as a form of art and speed. Wallace triggers thoughts of the mechanics of the pitcher using the simile, “…the pitcher winding/ like a clock about to chime comes down with the ball,” (lines 2-4). This shows how a pitchers wind-up and deliver
As the pitcher reaches back to release the ball his motions are similar to a clock winding up about to strike and as the pitcher releases the ball, this motion is parallel tot eh clock alarming at the top of the hour. y for the ball can be compared to a clock about to chime. Wallace in "Double Play" uses imagery to depict the game as an art form as well. By comparing the art of dancing to the plays of the fielders Wallace incorporates two separate entities into one, combining sport and art, and brining my personal awareness of art in sport to a new level. Wallace"tms uses words such as, "magically," "scoops," "whirling," "pirouettes," "leaping," and "stretches" to relay this to the reader. "Pirouettes" is a definite reference to a dancer spinning in the air. The main use of imagery in the poem is dancing imagery. Wallace"tms use of imagery makes the experience of a double play an entirely different feeling, now making one respect the athletes not only as athletes but as artists as well. The ball being depicted as a white string in the lights also affects me because in many games which I"tmve played at night it can be difficult to see the ball and if you can see the ball, it actually does look like a white string when hit at a high velocity by the batter. A metaphor that occurs in the poem is the comparisons of player and their actions to dancers. Another simile which Wallace uses to describe the actions of a baseball is when he states; ""hit sharply, under the artificial banks of arc lights, bounds like a vanishing string" (lines 4-6). This holds importance to myself because comparing the second baseman to a dancer adds a more artistic aspect to the sport. This use of a simile shows the speed of the ball being hit at such a high rate that the flight of the baseball looks like a white string flashing across the field. This line also affected my personal feelings about pitchingthrowing as I have endured many hours of instruction on the proper mechanics of throwing a baseball.