The two poems that have been studied are Brothers by Andrew Forster which is about the growing apart from siblings and growing up to become an adult and Praise Song for My Mother by Grace Nichols which is about the close relationship between a child and their mother. The two poems show very different relationships between the speaker and the person they are with or talking to. In Brothers the feelings and attitude from the speaker to the little brother is that the speaker feels as though he is to grown up for his little brother and doesn’t want him around one example that shows this is ‘ridiculous tank top’ where he is already saying mean things about him by using the adjective ‘ridiculous’. ‘Doing like grown-ups do’ which also is suggesting that they want to grow up and not be stopped by the speakers little brother. This is different to Praise song for my Mother, which is a poem all about the closeness the speaker has with their mum.
Michael Hyatt Dr. Tuttle English 250 7 October 2014 Personal Response: Cathedral by Raymond Carver I really enjoyed the short story by Raymond Carver called “Cathedral”. The short story is generally about a blind man coming to visit a women and her husband. In the beginning of the story the husband to me seems to be the one that is blind. By observing how the husband acted and speaks to Robert, the blind man, I could see that the husband seemed to be very uncomfortable and misunderstanding of Robert and his condition. The husband struggles with trying to figure out what to do or say around Robert.
Michael Trager ENGL 1102 Professor Wheeler 4 June 2012 Seeing Through The narrator in “Cathedral” changes several times in the way he thinks and speaks about the blind. In this particular story, the narrator finds himself interacting with a blind man named Robert. The narrator is judgmental toward the blind, but by the end of the story he discovers more about Robert and his blindness, although, this discovery takes the narrator some time to learn. The story is very descriptive and is told mostly through the thoughts of the narrator. It begins with his pre-conceived notions about a blind man, which changes to his judgments of Robert, and ends with his acceptance of any person.
Faulks reveals a significant aspect of the Azaires’ marriage when Stephen hears her being beaten by Azaire. Stephen begins to reveal his feelings for her through his impulse to protect her with “his hands no longer raised cautiously in front of him but tensed into fists by his ribs.” This shows that even though they have hardly spoken and are barely acquainted, he feels as though he has a duty to protect her. Stephen shows his deepening feelings for Isabelle in his notebook when he refers to her as a “Pulse.” Faulks may be suggesting that Stephen is starting to fall in love with
An Explication of Howard Nemerov’s “The Vacuum” “The Vacuum” is about an old man grieving his deceased wife and what his life has become, messy and incomplete, as hinted by the poem’s title “The Vacuum”. The poet used many figurative speeches such as personification and alliteration in the poem. These speeches help readers relate to the old man’s feeling more easily. The title “The Vacuum”, makes readers think of the appliance, however, it has more than one meaning. It is a pun created by the poet.
Kathryn Sonnie Poetry Essay- Final Draft Comp 111 N24 November 13, 2012 Kelly Cherry’s “Alzheimer’s” People who read Kelly Cherry’s Alzheimer can interpret the poem differently because people have different backgrounds. Someone who has been personally affected by a family member who has this disease can understand what Cherry has experienced. Her experience comes from dealing with her father’s fight with Alzheimer’s. But someone who never seen or experienced the devastating effects on a loved one would think that she was disrespecting her father by calling him crazy. The poem is written in a way that describes what her father’s mind is going through starting with what he does not know and ends with things he somewhat remembers but still leaving him a shell of his former self.
The Narrator, at the outset of the story, looks down upon the blind, seeing their disability as making them inferior to him. His interactions with Robert throughout the course of his visit turn that assumption on its head. The Narrator’s wife shares a special relationship with Robert. Years before the story takes place, the wife started working for Robert, reading to him. The two formed a strong friendship that carried on throughout the years, culminating in a special experience in which the blind man touched the wife’s face in order to more intimately get in touch with her.
In Victorian times when Rossetti was writing, this would certainly have been considered shameful. The narrator answers the questions in the first quatrain, naming her sister Maude as the person who told her parents what was happening. Andrew Foster begins his poem in first person perspective indicating that the narrator is narrating a tale to the audience however the poem is actually aimed at the narrators’ younger brother and is written in free verse making the poem sound like a story being told in spoken English. The narrator starts off with the tone which the metaphor ‘Saddled with you’ set suggesting the negative feelings the speaker has for his brother, as if he is an inconvenience, restricting the freedom of the speaker. With the third stanza makes it clear that the older boys are still children, despite how they would like to be seen by the world: they 'chased
From the beginning of the story he always identified Robert as “THIS BLIND MAN” (103). He constantly talks bad about Robert for a while in the story. When Robert is over to the house the narrator immediately notices how much attention his wife is giving to him and it made him act very dry toward Robert. All was bad with the narrator and Robert in the beginning, but after a while they started talking and got to know each other a little better because after all Robert was like a stranger to the narrator. At one point the narrator’s wife became sleepy in the later parts of the night and dosed off so that led to Robert and the narrator to have alone time to bond with each other.
Kitty a lesbian made Stew selfish that she didn’t turn out the way he wanted her to.” He couldn’t help to get angry because it overrode his helplessness” (Gaitskill 458). Stew describes his relationship with his daughter by saying,” As he watched her, that she was doing things that were as bad or worse than the things that had him angry at her five years before. It seemed that a large white space existed between him and her” (Gaitskill 459). He keeps comparing her to the older daughter he wanted her to be. When reading the article Kitty wrote in the national magazine Self, she writes about how she thinks about her father saying,” My father may love me but he doesn’t love the way I live, even more complicated because I’m gay”(Gaitskill 460).