After reading Blackberry Picking and The Fish, I found two phrases that I thought were good examples of both connotative and denotative meaning.
The first one is from the Blackberry Picking that reads, “Late August, given heavy rain and sun…” In this phrase there is both a connotative and denotative meaning. The author describes the elements of rain and sun as heavy. While we in the context we can picture heavy meaning a large downpour of rain, and large amounts of sunlight; we also literally can picture a ‘heavy mass’ of sun and rain when looking at it from a denotative standpoint.
In the second poem, The Fish, the phrase I chose was “The water drives a wedge of iron Through the iron edge of the cliff…” The obvious connotative meaning here would be that the strength of the water is eroding the cliff that is extremely strong. The use of the word iron the second time is used as a metaphor to compare the strength and hardiness of the cliff to the toughness of iron itself. Iron can also be seen here denoting the general ideas of strength, power, toughness and longevity.