The author uses specific words/phrases to illustrate the situation the two siblings are involved in and what they’re dealing with. In lines 15 and 16, the boy is described as being “very pale” and having a “girlish” figure. The latter most likely meaning he is very thin and lacking in muscle mass, most
The child has a sickening pain and asks his mother, “How do you know if you are going to die.” She replies by saying something along the lines of when you can 't make a fist. The scope pulls back and the child is older reminiscing about that time in his life. When tasked to find what 's effective in this poem, the answer is almost nothing. The first stanza of the poem opens with a child, most likely a young child complaining of a stomach ache. The mind-numbing boredom that leads the child to ask a question that might seem mature but in reality is nothing more than a child’s thought.
In addition to this, the mother who is speaking in first person, blatantly states the situations that she is dealing with, such as “my husband gives me an A for last night’s supper” (Pastan 883). This type of writing make it seem as if the mother is a robot, and not treated like an actual person. Pastan’s utilization of informal diction emphasizes how her use of simple and straightforward vocabulary is similar to the viewpoint and tone of the speaker. Just as the family gives the mother her grades, with no consideration of her feelings, she plainly giving her audience facts, which can be seen as a lack of empathy. However, at the end of the poem, we see a spark in the mother's characterization after she exclaims, “Wait ‘till they learn I’m dropping out” (Pastan 883).
Then he tells them how the worlds thought and prayers are with them but admits he is sure that doesnt help them and is "hopelessly, utterly inadequate" attempt. He thens contineues to to try and show that even though words are not adequate he can somewhat relate based on his own experience with his uncle and godson again using strong adjectives like torn, "killed and horrifically injured". He has now shown his compassion for the family members and moves on to trying to take them to
Patience Agbabi’s poem ‘Eat Me’ and Frances Leviston’s ‘I resolve to live chastely’ both explore ideas of pleasure, with particular regard to the experiences of women and the constrictions of masculine society on female pleasure, whether derived from sexual contact, eating, or interaction with the world. Both poets deal with the rigid roles their female speakers are forced to inhabit, implying that they are trapped by condemnation and constriction. Moreover, both poets use food as a mechanism to explore female pleasure, perhaps alluding to eating disorders and their disproportionate impact on women. Both poems deal with how women are forced into rigid roles and standards for societal and masculine pleasure. In ‘Eat Me’, the speaker is forced by her abusive male partner into a submissive role as he overfeeds her for ‘his pleasure’, rather than hers.
Author Erica Funkhouser’s speaker, the child of the farm laborer, sets the tone in “My Father’s Lunch,” through their narrative recount of the lunch traditions set by their father preceding the end of a hard days worth of work. The lunch hour was a reward that the children anticipated; “for now he was ours” (14). The children are pleased by the felicity of the lunch, describing the “old meal / with the patina of a dream” (38-39) and describing their sensibilities as “provisional peace” (45). Overall, the tone of the poem is one of a positive element, reinforced by gratitude. In contrast to Funkhouser’s tone, Margarita Engle’s speaker’s tone in
She uses brings in the emotion of loss when she alludes to the loss of true relationships even within the family. The author describes a 15 year old boy’s relationship with his father as one lacking face to face communication. “One 15-year-old I interviewed at a summer camp talked about her reaction when she went out to dinner with her father and he took out his phone to add “facts” to their conversation. “Daddy,” she said, “stop Googling. I want to talk to you.” (Turkle) This also brings a sense of shame to the readers because the boy is reaching out to his father but receives a lack of empathy in return.
In the two poems The Gift by Chris Banks and Poem for my sister by Liz Lochhead family relationship are explored in different ways. Both viewpoints are 1st person, implying the poets are talking from their own experiences. In The Gift we see the storyline from the viewpoint of a mother who got caught it an accident while in Poem for my sister we see through the eye of a older sister trying to warn her little sister of adulthood. In Poem for my sister, the story start with Lochhead’s little sister trying her older sister’s shoes. We could tell that her little sister wants to be view as a young adult and she is going through adulthood.
Yet the mother doesn’t want to fully let go. Armitage uses symbolism, metaphor, and rhyme to affect my thoughts and/or feelings towards the mother. Armitage used symbolism to shape my thoughts and/or feelings towards the mother in the text “mother any distance”. In the first stanza, Armitage uses this technique to show the son’s emotions towards the mother. He goes along by saying “greater than a single span requires a second pair of hands” This creates the meaning that he needs another pair of hands to help him measure his new home.
Like the narrator of “The Sisters,” the narrator of “Araby” falls victim to self-turmoil; however, this turmoil results from the narrator’s romantic pursuit. The narrator’s initial behavior, playing with the other kids in his neighborhood, would suggest a life unencumbered by internal conflict (Joyce 19). Through introducing the narrator as a seemingly normal child, Joyce challenges the paradigm established in “The Sisters” of the necessity of a decision of which others disapprove in creating internal conflict. Rather, to the narrator, enraptured by the image of Mangan’s sister, “her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood” (Joyce 20). Joyce critiques the youthful infatuation of the narrator by describing his desire to interact with