Missed Time Ha Jin Analysis

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Michael Mutch Jennifer Waldenberger Explication of a Poem English 105:005 30 September 2014 Time Well Spent If a person thinks for a minute, what would his/her responses be to these questions: “Have you made good use of your time today? How about this week? This month even?” Putting these questions aside for a minute, if one were to read Ha Jin's poem “Missed Time,” he/she might not immediately be able to pick out some of what Ha Jin is saying to his audience. An easy assumption is that Ha Jin was simply “wasting” his time instead of doing something meaningful like pursuing his writing. However, Ha Jin's thesis is all about illustrating that time spent and memories made with those who are important in one's life is never wasteful.…show more content…
Ha Jin is undoubtedly saying that he does not need anything else, in this instance, his pen for writing; because he has a person or people that mean more to him than that. Ha Jin has put down his pen to pursue things that really matter to him, and he does not feel guilty for doing so. By definition, languor is, “listless indolence or inertia,” (Merriam-Webster). His pen lies idle and unused, but Ha Jin feels no annoyance or trouble for having left it for other things. Instead, he spends his time how he chooses and will not let the world have an impact on what he does with his time. Ha Jin is not wasting his time by spending time with the person or people he loves. In actuality, Ha Jin's message is that people should be making the best use of their time as they see it. Furthermore, the memories that a person makes with the people that mean the most to him/her do not need to be written down. Those memories may last forever and may become some of the happiest components of
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