Daedalus Essay

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Daedalus by Alastair Reid The first line in the poem is “my son has birds in his head” hear a couple of crucial things are learned, one that the narrator is a father. Also in this line it gives an overall plot to the poem it’s what the rest of the poem is going to be about. Something that I think I gathered out of this was the age of the “son” in the poem. For a person to have birds in their heads I imagine they must be very young, in my opinion the child is between 7-12. The last thing about this line is the tone it sets for the rest of the poem, when I read someone has birds in their head it gives me a very light hearted feeling that stays with it for the rest of the poem. I know them now. I catch the pitch of their calls, their shrill cacophonies, their chitterings, their coos. They hover behind his eyes, and come to rest on a branch, on a book, row still, claws curled, wings furled. His is a bird world. This first stanza, the whole time the father is describing something that he finally understands. He says “I know them now” and “I catch the pitch of their calls” Both of these lines say the same thing repeatedly, however the latter of the two starts to incorporate bird phrases into it. The pitch of their calls or like the birds words or thoughts is what the father finally understands, we don’t know exactly what birds are saying and I think in this meaning the father explains he is starting to get his hand on what his son is thinking. In the next couple lines the father uses adjectives that would usually used to describe birds way of talking or screaming. He uses words like chitterlings and coos, both are different ways of saying sounds a bird makes. But when I read this it, it’s almost like with each specific sound there is a certain voice behind it is what the father is attempting to say. In the last lines of this stanza the reader starts to see
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