“rain had called up tall recruits behind the shed,” this quote shows the father cannot destroy them .They differ in the way they felt powerless however as in Nettles the father is feeling powerless because of a physical threat whereas in Harmonium it is an emotional threat of the inevibility of death and unspoken feelings that makes the writer feel powerless. Furthermore they both include the reality of family life as the poems are realistic and the poems, especially Nettles, have both the love and misery of family relationships. In Nettles the love in the poem is the protective instincts of a parent towards his son but the misery is the Nettles that had hurt his child and the fact that being protective isn’t enough to stop him from getting hurt. The realistic relationship in Harmonium is the family resentment and frustration from a son to his father. We can tell that the writer resents and is frustrated by his father as it says “and he being him can’t help but say.......... and I, being me” which shows that he is frustrated at their relationship.
Harrison’s Father (as explained by the poem) gave Tony a pair of dividers which was considered a rite of passage and a symbol of familial pride, which is shown in the simile 'like a medal case'. Yet, Harrison broke the convention (Fathers and sons presumably all followed this tradition) and the 'chain'- an order he felt he could not conform to, through development of his literature. In the line, "The gap his gift acknowledged then’s as wide as /eternity" enjambment creates a gap in sentence emphasizing the gap between his family. This gap is also seen as an exception in their society, as the other Parent/ Son relationships of the poem are presented as healthy and encouraging- their Mothers ‘wished’ the best for them. Harrison also presents the relationship between sons and their parents as unspecific to the individuals concerned, i.e.
Hayden and Carver both expressed feelings of love, a sense of regret, and how their fathers provided for the family. At one point both authors were unappreciative of the hard work their fathers did, but then expressed love towards their fathers in their writings. In Hayden’s poem he states “What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices?” Although his father was harsh and angry, Hayden finally becomes aware that he did love his father. Similarly, in Carver’s short story he writes in a poem in which it states, “Father, I Love you.” This was the first and only time Carver mentioned the word “I Love you” although in his short story he showed love through his actions. Unfortunately, Carver’s love toward his father was put in writing after his father’s death.
Two Hands The poem "Two Hands" by Jon Stallworthy depicts the inadequacy and loneliness felt by a son in a distant father son relationship. Through the poets diction, use of stylistic devices such as alliteration, enjambment and his vivid use of sensory imagery, the poet paints a sad picture of loneliness and inadequacy. By following the speaker''s soliloquy of emotional turmoil, the reader is able to understand the speaker''s feelings of isolation and his desperate, yearning desire to establish a relationship with his father. The poem initially describes a series of objects as taking progressively anthropomorphic actions, from nodding, to dancing and finally sobbing. Then its focus shifts to the surgeon whose hand has caused these actions.
Parents of the 1700's had different parenting values then the parents of today. Lord Chesterfield's letter to his traveling son, whom is traveling all around England, is a prime example of this. At first, Chesterfield seems full of doubt, wondering if his letter will even be of any help to his son. However, later on, the letter shifts into a seemingly threatning tone, telling his son that he needs to treat life like a competition and be better then everybody. With the use of understatement and irony, the letter states his values as a loving, yet strict father who only wants his son to succeed and nothing more.
Wonderful, Terrible Pride John Ruskin, an English author and art critic, stated that “It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.” “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst demonstrates the relationship of two brothers. The story is about the narrator and his new brother, Doodle, who is not the same as most boys his age. When Doodle is born, his parents and doctors did not think he would survive. Because Doodle is behind on everything, the narrator decides to teach Doodle some activities so his brother can be like the other kids his age. In the end, the narrator works Doodle so hard that he eventually contributes to his dis death.
TWO HANDS The poem “Two Hands” By Jon Stallworthy depicts the angst felt by a son vis-à-vis his more successful father. The title itself suggests that despite being physically similar their personalities are different. We know that the protagonist’s father is a hard working individual from the usage of the word “late.” The poet uses personification in the line “a pencil nodding stiffly in the hand” to show his perseverance despite having “thirteen times between breakfast and supper” worked dexterously as surgeon denoted by the word “scalpel”. There is also an element of sarcasm in the poem as the poet is commenting on the frequency with which he operates and this also shows the poet’s own sense of inferiority. The poet here uses alliteration in line 1 and 2 to highlight the words “study, sits, stiffly” which brings out the father’s character and uses the same technique in line 3 “that thirteen times” by repeating the letter “t” to create a chatty and colloquial style that continues throughout the poem.
The father loved his son at this point in the story because the latter had brought him respect and was alluding to the fact that his father had a big hand in all of his success. The whole situation turned on its head once Rakesh became a doctor and started to emerge from the shadow of his father. He was apparently only concerned about his father’s health but his pater interpreted his actions as something far more devious. This caused the father to be displeased with his son and led him to discuss his sufferings with the neighbours. The father was devaluing his son’s efforts because Rakesh was no longer the young, obedient boy who would never go against his father’s wishes.
Wesley lives under the shadow of his brother Frank and as the story progresses he is slowly escaping it. However, despite Wesley’s wilted physique and lack of superiority in the Hayden family hierarchy, he possesses a great deal of moral virtue and mental strengths. First of all, Wesley’s leg injury leads to other factors to develop Wesley as a better and stronger man. In his life he goes through many obstacles, such as his failure to go to war, and thus becoming the underdog of the Hayden family. This is discovered when the patriarch, Julian Hayden, says to his son Wesley “Ever since the war…Ever since Frank came home in a uniform and you stayed home, you’ve been jealous” (118).
Topic 2 Many male teenagers have a sense of invincibility. They believe they are better than everybody else; they are inherently self-absorbed and selfish. It has been suggested that the protagonist of Dr Peter Goldsworthy’s novel, “Maestro,” a pianist named Paul Crabbe is such a person. Throughout a large portion of the novel, this is reflected in his relationship with his piano teacher, Herr Eduard Keller, and the treatment of his peers. However, his egocentric, conceited attitude is largely due to the treatment he receives from his parents, and a result of puberty.