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.
Vincent Millay they also have their difference. Some of their differences are the way the tone and mood are expressed through the poems. The tone is the way the author feels about his and the attitude he sets in the poem and the mood is how the reader feels as he or she reads the poem. In the poem Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare he has a very appreciative tone as he compares his lover to a summer's day and how he appreciates her and tells the reader that she is way better than a summer's day. Shakespeare's poem also has a loving mood.
The speaker is “not who [he] was” (line 3) in the past, but will continue to change as he adds more chapters to his book of life. At the end of the poem, the speaker is “not done with [his] changes” (line 44) and walks into his future, looking forward to the new transformations that will greet him. By accepting his past, the speaker frees himself to appreciate his present and future fully. Gathering the knowledge that one has experienced, will help one avoid making similar mistakes in the future as well as give hope to those in struggle. “The Layers”, by Stanley Kunitz effectively illustrates this point: To tackle one’s life journey, one must first reflect on what they have learned in the past, for there is wisdom to be
The poem is written about a woman’s love relationship towards with a man. The poem consists of words that have symbolic meaning which depicts how the relationship is. The relationship is depicted as a very loving and caring relationship while the disadvantages of the relationship are discussed as well. In essence, the poem implies that the advantages in a true love experience overpower the challenges in a true love experience. The first stanza starts off gently to the likelihood of what seems to be great.
The idea of the “circle of life” gives the speaker a reason to justify the way he uses his money and lives his life, because he realizes “it would be a sin not to enjoy” all that he has been blessed with. The speaker in “From this Height” is a person of wealth and power. While having “conversation by the hot tub,” he reflects on his life and how he got to where he is now. The speaker is in a dilemma with himself, because he feels as if he does not deserve all that he has been given in life. Even though he has a feeling of guilt and remorse, the speaker decides “it would be a sin not to enjoy” all of the things he has.
In the poem the speaker stated, “And polished my good shoes as well” (Line 12). He is basically showing how much love he has for his son because he was polishing his shoes before even waking him up. All of these things that the father is doing for his son is done without anyone helping him. The speaker is unaware of these emotions which drives his father to surrender his own comfort. At this point the father now sees that his actions are only a necessary
In conclusion, the poets expresses their feelings, thoughts, and emotions through poetry. The poems “ My Papa’s waltz and “Those Winter Sundays” make readers understand the relationship of a father and son and proves that both of the speakers love their father but never got a chance to actually express their feeling for them and now, realizing their mistakes, they made in the past and regretting it. They both are very talented writers who knows the best way to communicate the meaning of their feeling in the poems and have control over
However, in “The Gift,” this reflection is very nostalgic and appreciative. The speaker describes the caring nature of his father and how this kindness passed down to him, as demonstrated by his loving treatment of his own wife. The speaker recalls the “two measures of tenderness” that were his father’s hands and “the flames of discipline / he raised above my head” (“Gift” 10-13). “The Gift” and “The Lanyard” are both reflective, but “The Gift” takes a more nostalgic turn while “The Lanyard” is more
It is Human’s nature to be unaccepting of oneself and not love who you are. However, the speaker encourages the readers to accept themselves because the world is beautiful and loves everyone. The poem begins with the speaker expressing that, “You do not have to be good” (1). Automatically the speaker is setting a tone of ease to the readers. The speaker then continues to explain, “You do not have to walk on your knees/ for a hundred miles through the desert repenting” (2-3).
The speaker’s tone is regretful about the way he has treated his father. He notes that he would “indifferently” (Line 10) speak to his father, not acknowledging the work his father did for him. The sense of regret is shown in the repetition of “What did I know, what did I know” (line 13), emphasizing how the speaker has matured and can finally see the love within his father’s actions. The speaker’s use of “austere” (line 14) describes the type of love the speaker’s father demonstrated, a strict and more formal kind of love. “Those Winter Sundays” in its core is telling the story of familial love and how love does not always have to be verbalized, but can be shown in small acts of kindness.