“My Papa's Waltz”, by Theodore Roethke, and “Those Winter Sundays”, by Robert Hayden are the two poems that are somewhat similar and both of these poems are about beloved fathers. Father is the man who is spends time with you and takes care of you. While doing so much for the family he gains the respect and love from the family. In these two poems Roethke and Hayden take a flashback at the actions of their fathers. Even though both of these poems propose that their fathers were not perfect, they still love them. I think that Roethke and Haden are regretting that they couldn’t express their feeling to their beloved fathers. They didn’t have strong bonding with their fathers like we have now. Both of the poets are capable of writing great poems
This poem is comprised mainly of imagery through which the author is able to convey the need to preserve the actions going on around the narrator. The lines, “my father in the doorway, not dead, just home from the graveyard shift smelling of crude
The term “remember” runs, like a refrain throughout the sonnet. However, its power seems to decrease through the poem, rather as if the voice and memory of the speaker is fading from life. The word “remember” is repeated six times within the poem, which expresses the desire of a speaker whose hope is that her lover, will keep her memory alive beyond death. The repeated use of “remember” and “remember me” indicate the strength of the speaker’s desire to not be forgotten, although this forceful plea is relaxed at the end of the poem when the speaker acknowledges that the happiness of her beloved is ultimately the most important thing. This is the general message of the poem, the happiness of others are ultimately more important than keeping the memory of a loved one alive as it will inevitably pain you too much to do. While most of the poem is spent trying to ensure that she will be remembered after she dies, the speaker realizes that keeping her memory alive must not occur at the price of another’s happiness. She does not want her beloved to be sad that she is gone, but wants him instead to understand that the afterlife and a physical existence are two separate realms, and, moreover, to rejoice in the memories of the good times they have spent together. Remember’ gives the griever permeation to move on. This may be because “Remember”, was written by the person that would soon die, unlike “Funeral Blues” which is entirely negative towards death not only forbidding themselves from moving on but also forbidding the world from moving on after the tragic passing of the loved one. This may be one of the many different attitudes the two poems have towards
The first stanza of the poem uses metaphors portray the writer point of view and imprint on the reader. The line, ‘night that covers me’, refers to death that hangs over him whist in hospital and the pain that never leaves him. He uses ‘black as the pit from pole to pole’ as an extended metaphor to emphasize that he is surrounded and there is no place for him to turn to. Using these techniques push the reader to imagine the hardship of his life and his suffering. With the 3rd and 4th line, ‘I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul’, he is not selective in thanking any god in particular but to any higher being able to help him withstand his punishment.
“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden has much significance throughout it, the poem is generally about an adult reflecting back to his childhood having regrets for not appreciating his father's love. Hayden describes a father to son relationship for the reader. This poem can be similar to the quote “ you don’t what you’ve got until it's taking away” Hayden uses imagery, diction, and emotional appeal to make it relatable to the readers.
The poem The natural and urban worlds portrays the difference between the natural and urban environments, especially criticizing the urban world. I was inspired to write this poem because I was walking in a park and noticed how the lushious green vegetation creates a completely different psychological environment. Therefore, in my poem, I tried to represent this by describing the natural environment positively while describing the urban environment both positively and negatively. Literally, this poem describes each environment using a list of characteristics that help characterize the environment as a whole. This poem can be somewhat interpreted as a criticism of the urban contemporary lifestyle because it criticizes cities, which can represent
The poem “Drifters” by Bruce Dawe explores how sacrifice is needed to belong in a family, the effects of moving communities, and how maturity is largely related to age. Through exploring these themes, Dawe shows the complex nature of identity and belonging in a family.
The poem is narrated by the voice of the dead. The text is related in a very personal manner, the poem being
He says “black face fades.” This tells us that Yusef is African American, more importantly this tells us the key word fades, meaning that he wasn’t the only person affected by the war.
Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden is a poem talking about childhood memories of a father. In the poem the speaker remembers his father, and the character of the father. In Simon Ortiz’s My father’s Song, the speaker is narrating the memories they shared with his father. These two poems are written with a focus on the father and child relationship. The two poems also reveal the narrators ' memories and shows how fast time can go and what was meaningful in the narrators’ childhood is gone. The two poems share the themes of Love, Childhood memories, and endeavors of the male parent. Likewise, the two poems contrast like love, reflected by the two fathers, the memories of childhood and the narrator’s feelings about their memories. The two
What if you had to have a father who reeked of alcohol and had problems with him. This poem My Papa waltz is about the writer remembering what his father was like when he was a kid and compares what he had done to the waltz he was having. My Papa Waltz is probably one of the best poem’s written by Theodore Reothke. The poem may seem like it’s been written just like any other poem, but this poem is a lot deeper than you may think. Within the poem there are is a numerous number of themes which is, dominance of father figure , alcohol because of the father drinking and, getting to spend time with his dad . Also, there are many symbols as well which include the father is a drunkard to him clinging to the shirt of his father as he dances and the
The theme of the story "Girls in the rear view mirror" is revolving through many lives of the truck drivers, similar to the conditions they face and like what number of them turn into an objective of the weakness of their mental states. This story depends on Luis who is the truck driver and stays months from the family and how he fell for a whore named Jotinha. In light of her calling it is said how she got tainted by HIV/AIDS. Jotinha died as a result of this ailment as well as she gave birth to a child who was additionally adulterated by the same. In spite of the fact that she became hopelessly charmed with Luis and her devotion was demonstrated by her when she left for a year abandoning her work to consider an offspring the kid, still she and her tyke did not get the appreciation they defended. The last time before Jotinha died, she wished to meet him however Luis did not meet her. He didn 't assume the responsibility of the child whom she trusted. This demonstrates Luis was not firm to his family furthermore the individual whom he involved have cherished.
“Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night” is a poem written by Dylan Thomas at the time when his father was at the brink of death. The piece is actually a villanelle where it consist of six stanzas, each with three lines except for the sixth stanza which has four lines. The rhymes on the first until fifth stanzas are aba, aba, aba, aba, aba. While, abaa is the rhyme for the last quatrain stanza. Thomas died a few months after his father, it is believed that this poem was written by him especially for his father. It’s said that Thomas was an alcoholic and it was deemed that the cause of his death was because of the obsession and also it was accentuated with the grief he felt for his father approaching death. The form of the poem is elegy whereby Thomas used the poem by expressing his grief for his father’s impending death. It is vital to know the poet state of mind in order to relate or understand the poem. Therefore, descriptive language used by the poet should be focused to further know the poet’s is trying to impose.
Reading your poem, “Say Cheese”, brought up a lot of questions. For instance, who died? Was it the grandmother or the grandfather? You say in the first stanza that the grandmother is bent over, holding the hand of a memory. But then in your last stanza, you say “Mommy told me to love Grandpa while he still knew me”. So, did the grandfather die, and the mother knew it, so she warned the child to love and be with him while he was alive or is she using the grandmother's death as a lesson to stay close to the grandfather? If not for the stanza with the funeral, I would have thought perhaps the grandfather had Alzheimer’s because of the line “while he still knew me”. And why did you bring in the angel of death? What did she have to do with the poem?
The poet Emily Dickinson in her poem, I Felt a Funeral in my Brain that is the first line of the poem, not a special title that Dickinson chose. It tells about the story of the experience of the speaker in the poem who is transforming from place to another. Many readers would take this poem as an explanation of what happens after death, what the dead body feels in the funeral. In my opinion, this poem talks about the enlighten road that humans would feel when they explore a new idea of living, it’s not necessary to be about the other life after death. It depends about how people see their lives. In this essay, I will explain the imageries that this poem states and what are the hidden messages that the writer is trying to make the reader feel and explore.