Diction has a strong affect on how readers interpret a passage. This is proven through Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”. The poem presents a boy roughhousing with his father. However, some critics see the roughhousing taking place as abusive, due to the negative word choice displayed throughout the poem. The author set a positive and negative tone throughout the poem, representing the respect and fear he had for his father.
The poem “A Story” by Li-Young Lee depicts the complex relationship between a boy and his father when the boy asks his father for a story and he can’t come up with one. When you’re a parent your main focus is to make your child happy and to meet all the expectations your child meets. When you come to realize a certain expectation can’t satisfy the person you love your reaction should automatically be to question what would happen if you never end up satisfying them. When the father does this he realizes the outcome isn’t what he’d hope for. He then finally realizes that he still has time to meet that expectation and he isn’t being rushed.
The gentleness of these sounds emphasize the focus of the loving relationship between the father and the son, as the father is willing to make an ultimate sacrifice-- protecting his son, but at the same time being hit with all of the difficulties in life. As well as emphasizing that point, the letter “S” mimics the sound of rain falling, further intensifying the image and somber mood. However, in the latter stanzas, the sounds used are more harsh, such as the “d”, “g”, and “r” in “if we’re not willing to do what he’s doing/with one another”. The sounds emphasize the way the mood makes a sudden turn to the serious, connecting to the overall theme of being kind to others. Nye uses the harshness of those consonant sounds to draw a reader’s attention to the message of being kind, effectively conveying the seriousness the need for kindness is.
The most powerful lines is, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The repetition of this line shows how Thomas feels about his father and how much he needs him to stay. Another line that is repeated is, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” This line is obviously the title of the poem and stresses an encouraging message to his father. Thomas seems to really care for his father and the messages conveyed in these repeated statements demonstrate. Another method Thomas uses in his poem is including powerful language. He says things like, “burn, grave, and rage as well as fierce.” These all are used in some way to grab the readers attention or
In “Stop the sun” by Gary Paulsen, The character Terry changes from a boy who is embarrassed by his dad’s disease to a boy who thinks of his dad and accept his dad . This change reveals the story’s theme, which is in order to understand the people who we love order to understand the people who love you have to think of them and have empathy. In the beginning of the story, Terry is an embarrassed boy because of his dad disease,. At this point in the story, Gary writes, “ Wanting only for the earth to open and let him drop in a deep hole”. This passage is important because it reveals just how Terry is embarrassed by his father 's actions in the hardware store.
Jonson's son becomes lost to him physically which for the most part causes Jonson to lose his identity as a Father. However, with this being said, Jonson proves that he is still very much a Father as he expresses his regret and remorse over his son's death exclaiming 'O could i lose all father now!'. Jonson's tone here reflecf hope and displays his strong desire to lose his identity and with it all associations and memories he had of being a Father - clearly as his love for him means he misses him dearly. In addition to this, Jonson's love is shown as he speaks of his son as his 'Loved boy' and more importantly 'His best piece of poetry'. His speech here holds a great amount of significance as his referral to himself in the third person by using the word 'he' suggests that this is how he himself expects others to view his son.
“Shoulders” is about a father who needs to protect his son from the rain in order to let him sleep. This poem sends the message of how important it is to protect loved ones by using figurative language, sound devices, and word choice. Throughout Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem, she uses figurative language. This is very crucial
As he is speaking to Laney, Brown exhibits a mature disposition as his front for society and mentally notes the tinge of sadness that comes with Laney calling him Hugh. Then at the finale of the story, Brown reacts as his father uses curse words as he speaks to him and his son translates them as compliments clarifying the change as the child becomes a man. This dynamic of the father and son relationship shows the respect Brown has for his father. He previously mentions the fragile nature his father has been in too and with confirmation of the beautiful future rolling out before them, Brown finds
Heaney primarily engages with death and loss in this poem through his use of sensuous imagery. Scents often trigger strong memories, which is the case with Heaney remembering his father’s tobacco in this poem. A pang of longing for his father can be seen when Heaney reaches into his father’s pockets and finds “nothing but chaff cocoons, a paperiness not known again until the last days” (13). Heaney’s father’s life is conjured up and remembered through objects like his suit and tobacco, things which he was once associated with. These things bring comfort to Heaney now that his father is gone because he can remember him by them.
“My Father’s Song” describes the close, tender relationship between a father and his son, while “Those Winter Sundays” depicts a more distant, strained relationship between the father and his family. Ortiz’s lively descriptions of pleasant memories, illustrate how the father’s interactions with his son reveal his love and strengthen their relationship. A darker, emotionless tone fills Hayden’s poem as he emphasizes a father’s austere, yet sacrificial love toward his family. These poems both set different examples of how some families choose live out the bond between one
The poems “Those Winter Sundays”, “miss rosie”, and “Conscientious Objector” all have rich usage of imagery. In “Those Winter Sundays” the author tells about memories of his childhood, specifically what his father would do to warm the house, before anybody else woke up. He would start fires and polish shoes, all without expecting anything in return. The author uses imagery to describe the “blueback” cold,
Parents frequently have the yearning to provide for their youngsters regardless of the amount of torment it conveys to themselves. In Robert Hayden 's ballad "Those Winter Sundays," the father does whatever is important to make his family agreeable. In the early morning he stirs to an icy house and ascends to set up a flame that will warm the house for whatever remains of the family. As the child becomes more established and develops, he understands that he ought to have lauded his dad for the numerous penances he has made before. Hayden utilizes symbolism all through the lyric to empower the peruser to sense the dedication of the father and the thanklessness of the