Li-Young Lee: Poem Summary

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The audience of the poem is any person. The poem says, “Had you entered that afternoon you would have thought you saw a man planting something in a boy’s palm,a silver tear, a tiny flame. Had you followed that boy you would have arrived here where I bend over my wife’s right hand.” The “you” can be any person, and if they had walked into the room they would have seen Li-Young Lee’s father taking the splinter out, and if they had followed that boy (Li-Young Lee) through his life, they would be where he is right now watching him take a splinter out of his wife’s hand, the way his father had done to him when he was little. 3. What is the situation and setting of the poem? The situation is Li-Young Lee taking a splinter out of his wife’s hand. The poem says, “Had you followed that little boy you would have arrived here, where I bend over my wife’s right hand”. The poem does not give enough of a clue to where here is.…show more content…
Comment on the poem’s diction. How does diction relate to tone? Li-Young Lee uses common language. His tone is very reflective. He describes in thorough detail his memory of his father, and notices that the tenderness he is using with his wife was a result of his father. 7. Is imagery dominant? Explain. Yes. Li-Young Lee’s poems are full of imagery. He uses every single word to help get a clear picture of exactly what’s going on. For example, to describe his father’s voice he says, “but hear his voice still, a well of dark water, a prayer”. He describes his father’s hands, “And I recall his hands, two measures of tenderness he laid against my face…”. Through imagery he lets the reader know exactly how he was feeling in that moment. 8. Is the poem narrative or lyric? The poem is narrative. It tells the story of the memory he had of his father removing his splinter, and then the story of him removing one from his wife’s hand now. 9. Comment on figurative language (metaphore, extended metaphore, simile, idiom,
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