In the two poems Poppies and The right word both use language to present strong feelings. In Poppies the poem is about a mother whose son is off to war and her memories of him as a child. The poet Jane Weir uses language to show her worry and sadness about her son who is leaving to go to war. This is first shown to us in the first stanza after talking about poppies being placed on war graves. “Before you left, I pinned one onto your lapel, crimped petals, spasms of paper red, disrupting a blockade of yellow bias binding around your blazer.” What the poet says is significant because she is remembering exactly what she did that day all those years ago in fine detail.
Sharon Olds’ Poetry Explained Sharon Olds was born in 1942 in San Francisco and received education from Stanford and Columbia University. She married a man in the late 1960s and is the mother of a son and daughter. That marriage eventually ended and the painful breakup has influenced her poetry heavily. Olds writes continuously, and only after an extensive amount of time has passed she feels the need to put together poems that comprise a book. She is one of a few poets in the United States whose books of poetry sell in large quantities.
Due to the strong social and literary influences, Charlotte was drawn to literature and began writing at a young age. She attended college and after a couple years she married an artist names Charles Walter Stetson. After giving birth to their daughter she was plagued by severe bouts of depression and psychosis. In an effort to get herself well she separated and later divorced Stetson and moved across the country to California. Her experiences with mental illness and social oppression greatly influenced her writings as seen in “The Yellow Wallpaper”.
Mrs Reed views Jane as a burden, she treats Jane horribly as is shown in the beginning of the first chapter, “…she had dispensed from joining the group… contented, happy little children.” When Jane tried to defend herself Mrs Reed disregards her and tells her not to talk back as it is rude, without giving Jane a chance to explain her side of the story. The next encounter in the book is between Jane and John (Jane’s cousin and Mrs Reed’s only son). John treats Jane worse than one would an animal, he talks down to her and physically assaults her, and Jane’s reactions to these occurrences make it obvious that this has happened many times before as she is quite accustomed to it. However, this time Jane strikes back, this leads to her being locked up in the red room. The lack of justice in this situation is another aspect that furthers the readers’
We feel sorry for him as he is alone while all other children play together outside. He is then abandoned at school by his family until his sister comes to ‘rescue’ him. We feel sympathy as this abandonment is not his fault and we therefore feel pity. We also feel sorry for him as he begins to feel bad about rejecting his rescuer’s son at Christmas. At his family home, we realise that his only friends were characters in books, showing he had a very lonely upbringing.
Some themes in this novel are alienation and isolation, coming of age, and the great journey. From the moment his mom says the words “I’ll be right back”(Burch 4) to the moment he is left standing in the playroom, Jennings experiences true loneliness. This is why the theme alienation and isolation fits this novel. Even though physically children are all around him, Jennings still feels alone and abandoned by the people he loves dearly. He is left to deal with hateful and abusive nuns all by himself.
An example of Evyn being unintelligent was when her so-called friends, Andrea’s group, calls her Evelyn and doesn’t talk to her unless it’s to ask about updates with Ajax, she doesn’t realize that they’re just using her. Evyn was also, very inconsiderate and selfish. She didn’t seem to notice how happy her father, Birdie was after he had proposed to Eleni. Evyn doesn’t seem to care what his father felt and made it harder for him. “Bounce” was an interesting book that showed problems that actually happen to 13 year olds.
The family, Peter Skrzynecki and his two parents, were in transit for over two years from 1949–51 (either physically travelling, or in a migrant hostel) before they were allowed to begin their new life in Australia. The book also expounds the ongoing hardships that Skrzynecki and his parents still suffer because of their journey to Australia. Immigrant Chronicle was one of the five prescribed "Physical Journeys" texts in the compulsory New South Wales HSC English syllabus, and is now a prescribed poetry text for "Area of Study: Belonging" for 2009–14. This core text is the main focus of the unit, and it requires students to find their own related text(s) and compare the texts in the form of an
He looked to her to save him from everything. They had shared a very close relationship when he was young but he tries to explain their closeness as him being weak. “ Being young, unable to face these things, I would brawl and hurl myself at my mother and she would reach out her claws and seize me.”(17 Grendel) In Chapter 2, while playing outside of the cave Grendel gets his foot stuck between two trees. All that time it is his mother whom he screams out for hoping she would come. As his suffering finally comes to an end and many events take place, as the bull and man, Grendel is finally saved by his mother, but his outlook on life has changed.
Although Lucy dreamt of fleeing her home ever since she could remember, considering she didn't have the strongest and most positive bond with her mother, she was often filled with homesickness which she attempted to to shake off various times. When Lucy finally got the freedom she wanted, she still wasn't satisfied because her past kept coming back up and dragging her down. The book is filled with constant back flashes of Lucy reminiscing her past, where she often found herself thinking about her mother. Lucy's mom, Annie, always discouraged Lucy's educational and career dreams as well as her ambition to make grand achievements. Lucy loved her mom but her mom constantly neglected her when her brother came to their life.