This particular poem is about parents that have no idea what's going on in their kid's daily life and what they go through. With this type of action, the parents act as if all is good and make little to no effort to get involved in their day to day activities. This shows the kid that the parent does not care or seems like it. The kid will be influenced to do things they normally wouldn't do. If the parent would at least make an attempt to get involved, it may influence them for the better but until then it will not happen.
The message that the poem conveys is that the girl is having difficulty with the process of growing up, the narrator constantly alludes to a longing to be young saying “The boy I cannot live without / still sucks his thumb / in secret” (3-5). The boy who the
This shows that the story itself did not matter as much as the actual act of love. The theme of this poem is, “Physical things sometimes have deeper meanings.” The tone of it was heartwarming, reflective, and grateful. When the reader reads this, he or she can feel and relate to the narrator because we all have parents that we have learned from and are grateful for. That is one reason why this is a great poem because almost anyone can relate to it.
Compare how tension is presented in the two poems. Tension is presented within Catrin through the poet; Gillian Clarke, and her child. However, due to the fact that no names are used apart from the title it can be interpreted to any reader with children in order to broaden the range of the audience ( also because there is no specification of gender). The tension is seen in two different ways within the two stanzas.
The conflicting interests of the mother and the father result in a situation where one must make a sacrifice in order to preserve the connection in the family. The flat depressed tone of the poem reflects the mother’s unhappiness and frustration about having to constantly
The first stanza is the speaker telling the woman that when she "[is] old and grey and full of sleep,"(1) just read "this book" of her past. The second stanza moves on to talk about her past relationships. Halfway through the stanza, though, he indicates "one man" who loved her better than the rest. This is an indication of his loving
Another example of this, in the last stanza, lines 15-16, is made as Roethke notes “[t]hen waltzed me off to bed/[s]till clinging to your shirt.” The last lines of the poem show the true relationship at the end of all the confusion lost in the midst of the middle of the poem. The father loves his son and waltzes him to bed and the boy, loving his father, slings to his shirt to stay with him. The poem expresses the confusion and complexity created in a relationship such as this one between father and son, but at the end, the confusion is unnecessary and what prevails is not the negatives, but instead the positive aspect of
You see the speakers disappoint when she states, “dear mother and father/ I apologize/ I’ve worked very hard, /not good enough/ harder, perhaps to please you/ if only I were a son,” (4-10). This uncover how she is feeling how whatever she does is not good enough for her parents because she is not what they wanted, a son. As the poem continues the poem displays the way the speaker copes with it, when she states “I make this ledge my altar/to offer penance…on my broken body/cover me like whisper of sorries /sorries” (42-43, 52-54).
Through contrasting and comparing these two poems we become aware of two very different insights into how on how a mother copes when her child grows up and leaves home. The two poems are vastly different. Whilst Stevenson’s poem presents a mother’s relaxed, passive reaction to this, La-Rose’s poem shows an angry, resentful mother. Each poem presents a different perspective, which in turn creates two completely different poems. These differences become apparent by comparing the poem’s titles, theme, tone, language and form.
Lucille Clifton’s “The Lost Baby Poem” tells the story of a mother who is full of regret and guilt for a child that she chose not to have. The poem depicts many ways that express Clifton’s intentions and how it all fits together. Clifton wrote this poem with so much deep emotions that she was “talking in such a way that the heart can hear”. Robert Bly stated that when “talking in such a way that the heart can hear” “… The voice naturally drops and we feel an achieved intimacy” (Bly, 42). I noticed that this poem had been written in all lower case letters except for Genesee Hill and Canada.
This poem is one filled with fury and hatred. The main speaker in this poem can be described as angry and troubled in his own mind. The audience never is informed of why the author is so furious, but we do find out what happens in response to this anger. At first the author is mad at his own friend, but he forgives his friend after telling the friend of how he feels. His “wrath” is then ended after this altercation.
“Catrin” is an autobiography where Clarke exposes her relation with her daughter Catrin. This poem has 2 stanzas and 29 lines. The first stanza starts with, Clarke describes what she is surrounded by and what she senses. For instance, Clarke stated in the poem ‘I stood in a hot, white room’ this clearly contrast with the clam and comfortable environment that is expected for childbirth.
The different key features also plays an important role for example the tone that is being formed by the lyrical voice that can be seen as a nephew or niece. This specific poem is also seen as an exposition of what Judith Butler will call a ‘gender trouble’ and it consist of an ABBA rhyming pattern that makes the reading of the poem better to understand. The poem emphasizes feminist, gender and queer theories that explains the life of the past and modern women and how they are made to see the world they are supposed to live in. The main theories that will be discussed in this poem will be described while analyzing the poem and this will make the poem and the theories clear to the reader. Different principals of the Feminist Theory.