Literary Analysis Of Literature By Wilbur

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Along with her struggling, Wilbur says, “I remember the dazed starling/Which was trapped in that very room” (Wilbur 19). This line shows that the bird has been struggling to break free and live its own life, and this runs parallel to what Wilbur has been saying of how his daughter is. “The suggestion of a friendly singing bird trapped and seeking freedom fits the young writer 's situation. The fable of the trapped starling is very literary indeed,” is also what a literary criticism article thinks about Wilbur’s references to the starling in comparison to the daughter (Ramanen 1). Later in the poem, Wilbur says, “It lifted off from a chair-back,/Beating a smooth course for the right window/And clearing the sill of the world” (Wilbur 28-29). This implies that the bird has overcome its difficulties and has let himself free. In the last stanza of the poem, Wilbur emphasizes even further of how he wants his daughter to keep fighting, “It is always a matter, my darling,/Of life or death, as I had forgotten./I wish/What I wished you before, but harder” (Wilbur 32-33). When interviewing Osama Esmail, a freshman at UIUC, Esmail thought the bird may have symbolized Wilbur’s daughter as well. Esmail thought that the poem was a big symbol that should not be taken literally at its words of the daughter not being able to write, but it should be taken as how “she perseveres to become free” no matter how hard her life gets (Esmail). Esmail thinks that the symbols in "The Writer" has “a

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