The theme is the difficulties during the growing up period, and the wish to be one of the ' 'big people ' '. The beginning of the poem describes the setting, which is a place outside a kindergarten since the author uses the word ' 'the ' ', it can be argued that she refers to her own kindergarten. This description seems to remind the reader of his own childhood memories. As a person, who
However, "almost needful as forgiveness"(line 12-13), gives the feeling that the boy is waiting for pardoning. As though he were blameworthy for something concealed in his past. The repeating loss of youth honesty is a returning topic in the poem "Blackberries". In the third stanza Komunyakaa states, "an hour later, beside city limits road I balanced a gleaming can in each hand, limboded between worlds repeating one dollar" (line 16-17). The boy has returned from gathering berries in the woodland, and the setting is now in a city.
in result, the speaker’s use of “though” before a barrier so that the reader knows that something positive will come as a result of facing these obstacles. Throughout the entire poem, the constant repetition of “do” is to instruct the reader to find their inner voice and it’s simply something they must “do”. The repetition in line 23 of “little by little”, is used so the reader knows that in order to be successful in the attempt of finding their inner voice, one must have patience. The repetition of line 31 In “ As you strode deeper and deeper into the world”, is used to tell the reader that they will venture to a place not many have been before. The repetition in lines 34 -36 with “ determined”,“only”, and ”save” is used to emphasize the importance of the last line.
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 the beginning the poem is abruptly because the second word “too”, of the very first line of the poem assumes actions that has previously being going on before. The father getting up early on other days as well as Sundays to help his family. "With cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday"(Lines 3-4). The narrator explains how the father worked very hard
Nevertheless, the last two lines of the poem are the most blatant indicators of the speaker’s regret. Everything else in the poem has only been hinting at the speaker’s realization of his childish ignorance, but he explicitly states that he didn’t understand the more understated ways of expressing love in the last two lines. Repetition serves as a powerful tool for amplifying the pain and regret felt by the speaker, as he openly criticizes his past self for thinking he had his father figured out without searching deeper. The son knows he can’t go back in time and teach himself the “austere,” or harsh, and “lonely offices,” meaning roles, of love. A parent’s love is mostly subtle, and his lack of understanding that as a child is something he can never take back.
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “The courage that my mother had” is a story about a child dealing with a mother’s death which can be seen when deciphering each line. The first stanza explains that the mother has passed away, and the second stanza tell the reader that the mother did not leave the correct gift to the speaker. The third and final stanza is when the speaker expresses their anger and explains why the speaker is so upset with the mother. When “The courage that my mother had” is first read, it seems like the speaker is angry and upset with the mother for not leaving the correct gift, her courage, but the speaker is upset that he or she does not have their mother to depend on anymore. The first stanza begins with, “The courage that my mother
The first example of this is the quote “I never wanted the synopsis to end” imitating “I never wanted the book to end.” A second is when she says that A mice and men is the most purchased cliff notes on the rack, this imitates the bestseller list. Another example is when she read the synopsis in one sitting. Giving the illusion that the synopsis was so great she just couldn’t put it down much in the same way a book grabs you attention. The final use of parody is the final paragraph when she says “I loved this book so much, I’m going to read all of steinbeck’s cliff notes... but first I’m going to go get the original version of Mice and Men starring John Malkovich.” This works on the the common phrase of I love this author so I will read all of his books. Then, since now everyone knows she hasn’t read it, she says she will watch the movie.
These objects were the prime example that helped us picture and compare the power or the laugh inside our head. Another reason these are very significant images as they represent that even though the laugh is “unsynchronized” it eventually grows into something much stronger and memorable, which is the whole idea of the poem. Hence, I also used some symbols to help convey my perception of the poem, in the collage. The symbols used were a Smile with bad teeth, a Dove, the image of a Sun, a bolt of lightning, a Laughing man and a tree with no leaves. According to my perspective the smile with the bad teeth presented even though that persons laugh wasn’t perfect, or they weren’t perfect, to the author their smile was always welcomed in their life.
In lines seventeen through twenty-two, he uses the rhetorical questions again to get the reader thinking. Taylor also uses off rhyme again in lines nineteen and twenty. When he used it, he used the words know and do. It throws the poem’s structure off, so when you read it outloud you notice it and might stop to think about what the author is saying. The way Taylor used metaphors, off rhyme, rhetorical questions, and iambic pentameter helped the reader understand the theme of the poem.