In this poem, the daughter is thirty-nine years old. In this poem, the persona is relatively sad about losing her father. The poem “Piano” is about a relationship between a son and his mother. He talks about how nice his mother used to be. In these two poems, the relationship that the children have with their parents are quite strong.
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” written by Anne Bradstreet expressed her affection and unconditional love for her husband. This poem was written when her husband was away on business trip to England. Bradstreet put her feeling and how profoundly she misses him in every sentences of the poem. She values their love more than any earthly riches and views that as a sign of spiritual union and salvation, rather than as something profane or lowly. Unlike other contemporary Puritan women writers, Bradstreet focuses on how she rejoices and appreciates her ordinary life instead of religious conversion.
Similarities and contrast in the themes of the poems Those Winter Sundays and My Father’s Song Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden is a poem talking about childhood memories of a father. In the poem the speaker remembers his father, and the character of the father. In Simon Ortiz’s My father’s Song, the speaker is narrating the memories they shared with his father. These two poems are written with a focus on the father and child relationship. The two poems also reveal the narrators ' memories and shows how fast time can go and what was meaningful in the narrators’ childhood is gone.
Social ideas represented by Langston Hughes in poem “Mother to Son” The poem Mother to Son, by the African-American poet Langston Hughes is showing the feelings of a relation between mother and son. By starting with word “well” the mother sounds as though she is reacting to an inquiry from her son, while the utilization of the non specific word son sounds (humorously) warmer than if she had utilized the son's legitimate name. By using son, the mother additionally makes their relationship appear to be widespread and archetypal as though this may be any mother addressing any son. As in no time composed, the opening line infers the nearby, adoring relationship between any parent and his or her kid. The poem is a monolog that passes on encouragement
The number “thirty-nine” in the title could represent the age she was when she wrote the poem or it could be the age where she realizes how much she misses her dad. There is a good deal of enjambment which gives a feel that the poem has been brutally chopped mid-sentence; as if she’s trying to contain or control difficult ideas or emotions. The narrative focus of the poem is on grief, which would be an effect of after death, where she reminisces about her father and her childhood with him and then goes on to talk about if he was still alive and with her, longing for him to be with her, which is part of what one feels when they are grieving. Grief is a mixture of raw feelings such as anguish, sorrow, anger, regret, longing and deprivation and may be experienced physically as exhaustion, tension, insomnia or loss of appetite. We can see Walker display some of these emotions like deprivation in the poem where she talks about her father throughout the poem and starts it off with a repeated refrain, “How I miss my father”, in the first stanza and repeats it in the fourth stanza with more emphasis with an exclamation mark.
The parallels between Fitzgerald’s own life and “Babylon Revisited” (along with his other stories) are apparent. Perhaps he was able to write such masterpieces by utilizing the pain and joy he felt in his own eccentric and somewhat depressing life. “Dear Pie” starts out a letter from Fitzgerald to his eleven year old daughter, Frances. He continues, saying “I am glad you are happy but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either.
I believe this message is directed towards people who are experiencing hardships and poverty, because the speaker is directing her conversation to her “son,” who does not have a life that is like “crystal stairs” (line 2). The crystal stairs in the poem represents a wealthy and easy life, as wealthy people have not probably had the same difficulties in life. Her message of not giving up is evident throughout the poem as she demands her son to not give up. She says, “So boy, don't you turn back, don't you set down on the steps, cause you finds it’s kinder hard” (lines 14-16). As readers, we know the message for us is that you can’t give up, even though you will face challenges—just like you have to keep going on a “staircase” even though the staircase has many obstacles on it.
“Those Winter Sundays,” first published in 1962, is one of Hayden’s most popular poems. It describes the unspoken love of a father through a distant memory. In this poem, the author excellently illustrates both the simplicities and complexities of parental love, the limited outlook on life and love in childhood due to a lack of knowledge and the author’s underlying emotions about his
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams both feature a character who is unwilling to let go of the past. In The Great Gatsby, we see that Gatsby, the main character’s neighbor, longs for the love that he used to have with a girl he met before going off to war, Daisy. In “The Glass Menagerie” Amanda Wingfield, the mother of the Tom Wingfield the main character, is always rambling on about the past relationships she had. She only knew how to talk about that, and so it was the focus of each conversation she had. We see both, Gatsby and Amanda, not being able to move on from something that they cherished so much but that is long gone now.
Compare and contrast Piano and Poem at Thirty-Nine D.H Lawrence’s Piano and Alice Walker’s Poem at Thirty-Nine are both about nostalgic remembrance and childhood memories. Poem at Thirty-Nine focuses on the persona reflecting on her life and childhood, bringing in a sense of happiness and grief as she acknowledges how much her father has taught her about life whereas Piano highlights the persona’s poignancy when thinking of his mother and childhood. Both the poems take a different approach on theme of death and loss even though they are both about a parent. Piano is negative and emotional due to the fact that D.H Lawrence uses strong emotive language to convey nostalgia and sentimentality. This is shown through his choice of words such as ‘weep’ and ‘betray’.