The speaker of the poem “Go Forget Your Father” by Cathy Linh Che seems to be reminiscing the past, which refuses to be forgotten, and pondering the future, which refuses to the revealed. The speaker talks about herself hurting over her breakup along with the relationship with her father. The word “fog” best captures the essence of the poem; it represents the uncertainty and mysteriousness of everything and conveys the heavy tone. Che writes, “I’ve been hiding / from my father” (6-7). The speaker speaks of her father throughout the poem as if he were someone of the past, long gone.
This poem is about a mother holding her dying son in her weak arms before she buries him, it paints a picture of an un-natural death that gives you a new image of life. The poem describes how the mother is trying to cope the pain she is in and the circumstances and surroundings make the poem even more depressing, she is faking a smile ‘ghost smile’ to overcome her sadness to the loss of her baby. It seems that she’s recently been in a natural disaster or a war and sought shelter in a refugee camp with her dying son, the poem is written in free verse, there is no rhyme scheme and the length of the stanzas are inconsistent. There is a religious reference included in the first line that symbolises Mary and Jesus, sibilance is also used throughout the poem. I think that the reason the last word is ‘grave’ because that is surely the end which ends the poem with horrible closure, however, the flowers give a somewhat positive image.
In lines 1 to 6 of the poem “The time I dropped your almost body down/ down to meet that water under the city / and run one with sewage to the sea/ what did I know about water rushing back/ what did I know about drowning /or being drowned”. Clifton constantly used repetition to emphasize her feelings and to show that she wanted
“Lives of the dead” teaches that it’s ok to grieve, because stories can save people and when people are dead there almost dreamlike, it teaches about what it's like to lose a loved one, and it teaches about holding onto hope. The story talks
What could have possibly been in those fruits that allowed Laura to hear her sister’s voice but not their goblin cries? The story had me baffled because I first read it as a literal story, when in fact, it is an allegory meant to be interpreted for a deeper meaning. I think a lot of readers would share this same feeling at first, because without the proper background knowledge, the poem is not sensible. Upon adjusting my thinking, the poem felt uncomfortable to me at first. Rosetti uses extremely graphic language, like “She sucked and sucked and sucked the more…She sucked until her lips were sore” (234-236).
The speaker further proves this by talking about a previous lover in the second section of the poem. She claims that the old lover has “become less than a feeling, / the way every lover I’ve known / no longer hurts me” which clearly shows she doesn’t care about the past (26-28). By allowing herself to forget about these “old charges” against her previous lovers,
“ I could probably tell you what i did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and what school i’m supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don’t feel like it. I really don’t.” In a matter of three paragraphs Holden used “I” 18 times. This shows that his memories all circle around himself. Another form of diction that is used in the second passage Hope, Despair, and Memory is when he talks about other people’s pain and his own. “ Men and Women from every corner of Europe were suddenly reduced to nameless and faceless creatures desperate for the same ration of bread or soup, dreading the same end.” In the quote Elie is talking about how all her memories are about other people’s pain and how everyone goes through the same issues and experiences.
Throughout this poem, the author uses imagery as a literary device to show why memories are considered to be significant in one’s life. For example, in lines 3 and 4, the poem says “ A few bring smiles of happiness and some tears to the eye.” This shows the importance of holding onto memories whether they are good ones or bad ones. Another example of imagery used is in lines 7 and 8, “ That have been shut these many years, what pictures they unfold!” The utilization
Rossetti demonstrates the idea of loss through the narrator explaining to her husband that her death is inevitable. Through the poetic technique of metaphors, the narrator reminds her husband that she will be ‘gone far away into the silent land’ where he physically ‘can no more hold [her] by the hand’. Thus, the reader is able to identify through this that the narrator’s husband