To begin, the lack of financial stability in the Walls family has always been problematic, however as the mother of her children, Rose Mary never contributed much to the family income due to her stubbornness and free-spirited nature. A prime example of Rose Mary not providing for her family is a constant lack of food in the house. The children’s hunger is apparent when Jeannette says, “We did eat less. Once we lost our credit at the commissary, we quickly ran out of food. Sometimes Dad’s odd jobs would come through, or he’d win some money gambling, and we’d eat for a few days.
"I don 't want to be pigeonholed," she liked to say.” As a spectator, it seems as if Rose is trying to instill a follow your heart montro to her children at a young age. This is wrong on so many levels, because she is deciding to pursue something that won 't make her money over getting a real job that 'll make her family 's eating
In the short story Marigolds by Eugenia Collier, a girl named Elizabeth and her family struggle through living in the time of the Great Depression. Elizabeth is an African American girl that is on the threshold of womanhood. Elizabeth's family is very poor and is forced to live in a shantytown. Elizabeth and her family have to live through the struggle of poverty, poignant and meaningful arguments in the family, and Elizabeth is caught between the chaotic emotions of a child and a woman. Elizabeth & her family are struggling through the "punishment" called poverty.
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.
For her mother, instead of getting heartbroken, she felt failure every time she made spells, and it was her own daughter that broke her heart. “Love will lead to ruin. Death is a comfort. (Kendall Kulper 392).” Overall, the book, Salt and Storm, was about a girl trying to break free of her mother’s curse in order to become the island’s next Roe
James McAuley and Gwen Harwood’s poems employ metaphor, symbolism and imagery to express the isolation felt by those who suffer loss. In “Pietà” a father is experiencing the physical loss of a loved one, whilst in “In the Park” a mother is suffering from the loss of self-identity as a result of motherhood. Both poets employ poetic techniques to convey the unique experience of loss catered to each individual. McAuley’s intent is to highlight that although mothers grieve, so too do fathers, whereas, Harwood’s intent is to address the role of motherhood in a realistic
In the poem, “Dusting,” by Julia Alvarez, the speaker is being rebellious against her mother and wants to do different things than what her mother wants her to do. In the first stanza, the poet writes that the speaker writes her name many times on dusty furniture “each morning” while the mother followed her to dust the furniture and the mess by the girl. This is an example of the speaker rebelling her mother since this is a metaphor meaning that the girl wants to accomplish different things than her mother but her mother keeps on erasing her accomplishments and wants the girl to be just like her. Another evidence in the poem is at the end of stanza two, where the speaker says “But I refuse with every mark to be like her, anonymous.” This phrase
“Poem for My Sister” written by Liz Lochhead, is a poem describing the relationship between two sisters and their experiences. As with almost all siblings, the younger sister looks up to her older sister and strives to be like her whereas the older sister in this poem has been through numerous hardships and troubles in her life and warns her stubborn sister to not follow in her footsteps. The reader can relate to the poem as they are either an adult or a child and both ages apprehend the feelings and emotions that the characters are experiencing. A deeper meaning this poem suggests is that the experience of adulthood should be seen as advice for the upcoming generations. The poet has shown how easily influenced children are and how they strive to be like their elders by using shoes as a representation and symbol for different lifestyles.
A poem based on the poet’s experiences wherein the persona - a multiracial teenager - struggles to reconnect with her birthplace, is ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’ by Moniza Alvi. The persona’s unresolved conflict of her identity, being Pakistani and British, arises when she is given cultural gifts from her aunts in Pakistan whilst living an English lifestyle. Thus, this inner conflict evokes a sense of confusion within the persona, causing her to feel disconnected from both cultures. This essay focuses on the structure and meaning of the poem, understanding the context, and how the persona’s confused perception is conveyed - firstly, through the spiral form of the poem, and by Alvi’s uses of poetic techniques such as: colour imagery, irony, metaphors, effective word choice, and key phrases. To begin with, Alvi narrates the persona’s initial thoughts on the ‘salwar kameez’ with the
In “The Last Words of my English Grandmother” written by William Carlos Williams, and “Little Father” written by Li-Young Lee, both poems explore the acceptance of death. Throughout both poems, the poets use various strategies that are similar, such as imagery, connotation, and tone. William Carlos Williams’ “The Last Words of My English Grandmother”, tells the story of an elder woman whose grandchild wants to bring her to the hospital because he or she believes it will be some type of help to resolve the grandmother’s illness. She resists going to the hospital because she knows she’s dying and accepts the fact that there’s nothing that can be done to help her. She understands that it 's just her time to pass on, and she’s ready for it,