Dandelion by Julie Lechevsky Literary Analysis

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The Rights of a Metaphoric Flower In Julie Lechevsky’s poem Dandelion published in 2001, Lechevsky conveys the theme of a lack of equality and social acceptance symbolized by the mistreatment of the dandelion. Lechevsky focuses mainly on the LGBT Movement; a popular movement, sparked from the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, continuing in today’s society. The title hints to an annoyance or nuisance to the public as dandelions can come in the form of invasive weeds in driveways or gardens. The title also conveys the theme of homosexuality. The dandelion itself is “symbol for specific sexual behaviors – homosexuality and bisexuality – due to its androgynous form” (Andrea Frownfelter 30). Dandelion could also be interpreted in a feministic perspective of women’s sexual acceptance of her own body; however the theme of homosexuality is more prominent. Lechevsky skillfully breaks up the poem into four sections with three main shifts indicating the breaks. The first section begins the poem in an open, objective viewpoint to address the social issue of homosexuality; the second section transitions to a more personal perception with a sarcastic viewpoint indicating her supportive role in the Movement; the third section aims to achieve an overall sympathetic tone to both the opposing side and her own side to express equality; and, finally, the last section ends on a somber and ironic tone to convince the opposing views of their oppressive mannerisms. Dandelion begins with an almost objective view and presented in an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s stylistic writing, found in Frankenstein, of a person speaking on behalf of another. The first section seems to be told from the original speaker representing the voice of the science teacher mentioned in the first line. Teachers symbolize objectivity to social issues as to not influence their students in such a way that creates

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