“My Papa’s Waltz” is written from the perspective of someone looking back on a vivid memory from their childhood. The poem demonstrates a problematic father son relationship. The playful tones of “romped until the pans slid” and “waltzed me off to bed” show that the child had love for his father. However, the concerning tones of “the whiskey on your breath”, “scraped a buckle”, and “you beat time on my head” reveal the abusive behavior of an alcoholic father toward his son. While reading this poem, the sensory and kinesthetic imagery immersed me in the experience.
In the story “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh,” by R.Bradbury the author has the story in third person point of view. He uses symbolism using Joby ( who just turned fourteen) the drum, and the rhythm of the drum. He takes us through a quick summary of what Joby and the general were feeling on that sad night. While others might have had a good night’s sleep Joby and the general didn’t on this miserable night in Tennessee. Watching the peach blossoms fall while crying under the April night sky full of stars, Joby finds himself thinking about the day to come.
A good first example of this is when Romeo first sees Juliet. It is made clear how recklessly impulsive his personality is from how he automatically falls in love with her at first sight, though he just got his heart broken by someone else. Romeo sees Juliet at a ball and is amazed by her beauty. For Romeo, laying eyes upon Juliet at the Capulet’s ball is love at first sight. He proclaims his interest in her by stating, “O, she doth teaches to burn bright!
Bless Me, Ultima is filled with Antonio's dreams. In these sequences a lot of the boy's fears and perceptions about religion and his family are vividly portrayed. These dream sequences are imaginative and beautifully written. They add a great deal to the novel. They allow the reader of Bless Me, Ultima inside the mind of this little boy, we can now see what he is dealing with.
Daniel Felsenfeld began his self-proclaimed “uninspiring” musical journey in High School. During this time he labored over musical pieces that left him feeling unfulfilled. His conflict of disinterest in Chopin Preludes and Beethoven’s Sonata led Felsenfeld to move on from professional music lessons to performing at piano bars. We have all felt a switch in our mood from an old song that provokes sad memories to an upbeat lyric that makes us want to dance. Music is known for bringing out the person you are truly deeply inside like the young man in Benjamin Zander’s Speech.
“My Papa’s Waltz” also uses a handful of symbols throughout the poem. One symbol in “My Papa’s Waltz” would be the dancing in general. We can easily see that the boy is having a hard time doing that dance. “My right ear scraped a buckle” (line 12). “You beat time on my head” (line 13).
Fantastical Realization Fantasy and fiction flood most of our childhood but, the older a child gets, the quicker fiction turns to fact as slowly but surely, the rug of fantastical imagination is pulled out beneath them. This is exactly the case in Li-Young Lee’s short poem A Story. A Story is about a father who struggles to tell stories to his son, but as the boy grows older, his coming of age begins to make their relationship complex. Even though the complexity of the relationship is never directly stated, Lee shows this idea through point of view and literary devices. found in the poem.
The mockingbirds that are children and lose their innocence are Dill, Scout, and Jem. Dill is a mockingbird that lived a happy life and was innocent realization this realization was what lead to his fall of innocence. What causes Dills innocence to fade is his family life; he is apart of a family that fulfills his desires but are very detached and he craves their attention. Dill realizing this decides to run away and acts like a clown and that is how he falls. In the novel dill says, “I think I'll be a clown when I get grown," said Dill.
He uses personification to show his excitement and how he tries to calm down. “Well I know, I know if I die young/then we can wake up screaming in your bed/and our lings are begging us to calm down”. (16-18) His lungs cannot literally ask him to calm down but he uses this personification
I felt the emptiness of it; and then all at once I imagined the children joyful running from ride to ride and the hearing the soft humming of the circus carousel, even seeing myself as a child begging my mother one more time before it was time to go. When I arrived, I stood in door frame where I was asked to wait by an older lady with a sweet voice. Then Suddenly, a man that can tower any human being stepped out of an office and approached me, I could have at that moment, feeling as if I’ve already done something wrong. I was frightened by his stature, and began to smile ear to ear out of fear. But to my surprise, he gave jumped as if seen a ghost and began to laugh crazily.