Compare and contrast the poets and desires to protect the child and how they are presented in “Born Yesterday” and “Nettles” In my essay I will explore the ways how Vernon Scannell and Philip Larkin desire to protect child. Both poems are about adult wanting to protect a child. “Nettles” is about a father protecting his son from the actual “damage”, pain. “Born Yesterday” is desire to protect child from difficulties of the life. Poem “Nettles” is about father who is quite young and Inexperienced.
It can be inferred from the last two lines in the stanza that the personas mother was displeased and concerned only with her pots and pans. The personas tone is protective in stanza three when he speaks of the battered hand that held his wrist, probably to hold out his hand to receive lashes or to drag him. The persona also speaks of how when his father missed, the belt buckle would scrape his right ear. This is another example of the persona still clinging to the memory of a father by placing a positive spin on a negative situation, in this case the situation is being beaten with a belt and having the belt buckle scrape his ears. However, the persona makes it appear as though his ear brushed against the belt buckle when his father missed a step during the waltz.
There is a shift in language as the poet removes the phrase 'my son' with the less personal article 'the boy'. Plosive alliteration is used on line 6 and the white and tender skin mentioned relates to innocence and purity. There is a suggestion that two people are involved with the other person being a partner or mum. There is a very regular rhythm to the poem and there is a sense of pain and that can't be completely taken away from the son. Metaphor is used to emphasise his devastation and up until this point, the nettles have been presented like they are an army themselves.
Parental instincts can sometimes be demonstrated by poetry in a wide variety of forms. Parental instincts can differ as a reaction to situations which present themselves in life. “On My First Son” by Ben Jonson is a poem which describes a father’s love and relationship to his son who has passed, and the father’s natural reactions to the loss of his son by means of emotions. Michael Ondaatje writes of a father who speaks of his unconditional love for his daughter and his reaction to the life which she faces in “To a Sad Daughter”. In “The Forsaken” Duncan Campbell Scott reveals a mother who survives and saves her infant’s life because of her parental instincts; she speaks not of love or expectations, she does what she must for her child and accepts her fate as a result his adult decisions.
Blake writes of the demoralization of children in his poems who have the unhappy job of cleaning up after others. He provides his sad & pitying commentary on a thankless job. He writes the poem from the point of view of a child, pulling the reader in & making him empathize with the children. The child narration is furthered through song and rhyming. In Blake’s 1789 poem, the persona begins by stating that his mother died when he was young & that his father sold him before he could properly protest his future uncivilized job of sweeping chimneys.
“My Papa’s Waltz” – Theodore Roethke Poems can have many different meanings and interpretations. This poem, about a father and a son, is no different. When first reading this poem, many people’s initial thoughts would be negative because it can be interpreted as an abusive relationship. With a second look though, this is not the case at all. “My Papa’s Waltz” is an endearing poem about a young boy that longs for the undivided attention of his working father.
Father and Son Waltz What is the difference between love and abuse? While reading “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke it could easily be seen how this poem can be portrayed as abusive opposed to loving. The words and tone of this poem seems hurtful and strong. For example, the son is described to hanging to his father “like death” (Roethke 3). Those words sound really negative, when in reality the son is holding on to his father, while dancing, so he would not fall to the ground.
Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner revolves around betrayal and redemption. Redemption is the act of saying or being saved from sin, error or evil, which the main character Amir seems to need the most. Amir lives with the guilt he has built up over the years because of one incident from his childhood. Amir's fathers words still echo through his head "A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything." –pg.
Scanlon Nettles This poem explores the impulse for a parent to protect a child, using whatever means necessary. The emotive language used to present the child and the violence of the father's response suggests a powerful instinct has been provoked. The poem is also about the inevitability of "wounds" being felt through life, whatever a parent may do to prevent it. The nettles grow back quickly and the speaker realises his son will feel pain again. The poem is about a parent realising that life will present children with hurtful situations, ones which cannot be avoided or prevented.
Betrayal and Redemption In the novel, “The Kite Runner”, written by Khaled Hussein, throughout the story there is so much betrayal and redemption that Baba and Amir live most of their lives in feeling guilty for their betrayal and try to redeem themselves. Even though father and son are so different but then yet they are so much alike. Baba’s and Amir’s actions remind me of a cliché that says “like father like son” or “the apple does not fell far from the three”. A twelve year old Afghan boy, Amir, seeking acceptance and approval from his father by entering a kite-fighting tournament along with his servant and friend, Hassan; and on that same day a tragedy tears the two boys apart forever. "The Kite Runner" tell us, through Rahim Khan that, "true redemption is when guilt leads to be good again..." (page 40).