Jo Gal English 0960 February 26, 2012 "A Basic Analysis of Bret Lott's Essay "Brothers" The old saying that "A picture is worth a thousand words" rings true as you read Bret Lott's essay "Brothers," which is an excerpt from Fathers, Sons, and Brothers: The Men in my Family (1997). In this essay, Lott analyzes the complex relationships between the male members of his family. Implying that younger siblings must endure the pinches and kicks of their childhood in order to become Adults. However, we sometimes don't know who our siblings are once we reach adulthood. As with most things, overtime our memories sometimes faded just like Lott's family movie from the early 60s.
“Loveliest of Trees”, an elegant poem by A.E. Housman dramatizes the significance of spring awakening the young man. The main conflict presented in this poem is that as age increases, time to enjoy life decreases. The poem belongs to George Butterworth’s collection “A Shropshire Lad”. He is in fact the speaker of this poem, his voice sounds urging to the audience.
Singh Song is a first-person love song by a young man about his wife. He manages his father's shop but keeps sneaking upstairs to see her instead. He paints a colourful picture of their love and lives, challenging stereotypical ideas about Indian culture. Form and structure As it says in the title, this poem is a song - it has a strong lyrical voice, and depends on rhyme and rhythm, as well as repetition to create a sense of a refrain or chorus. The structure does not stay the same throughout, but cycles through a number of different stanza patterns, finishing in four two-line stanzas that follow a conversation between the narrator and his bride.
A thing to be considered is the rite of passage for the boy, who’s growing up, or the mother, who’s “baby” is on the way to manhood. In Sharon Olds’ “rites of passage” the speaker portrays a mother’s reflection of the aggression shown in little boys as of grown men in an amusing yet ironic tone. The aggression shown is one of many rights of passage. A mother, the speaker of the poem, observes the children at her son’s birthday party. Throughout the poem, the speaker uses irony and amusement to give life to the poem.
‘Red’ and ‘Fulbright Scholars’ are two poems by “Ted Hughes” constructed to represent his perspective on his capricious life with his unofficially ‘bipolar’ wife Sylvia Plath. Through the use of textual form Hughes helps shape an understanding of the many conflicting perspectives he represents. At the start of significantly the first poem in his birthday letters anthology, “Fulbright Scholars”, Hughes introduces a new perspective on his and Plath’s first meeting, as well as initiating discussion on the unstable nature of memory. According to Plath and popular belief, their first meeting was one of passion and fate at a college soiree. Hughes directly challenges Plaths and the publics perspective stating he had known of her before this night.
“Mother, any distance” by Simon Armitage also has a theme that parents teach, as the persona writes about leaving home, and problems they may face without their mother. “On My First Sonne” laments the death of the poet’s (Ben Jonson) first son. The first poem is “If” by Rudyard Kipling. The poem is didactic, written to give instruction. I feel the persona is a father figure giving advice to their son.
The poem “Rite of Passage” is a poet’s account of the simple nature of man and his need to feel powerful. Sharon Olds uses a first narrative voice to describe the atmosphere of her son’s birthday, while incorporating subtle hints of what she expects will be many more battles in the young man’s life. The relationship of these battles is connected through the needs of men to engage each other and the world of meaningless and deadly wars. Right from the beginning of the poem one is able to determine the setting. Old’s creates a very vivid picture of a young boy’s birthday party and begins to describe the scene, “As the guests arrive at my son's party they gather in the living room—“(1-2) The mother of the birthday boy begins to examine the character traits of the six to seven year old party guests.
TWO HANDS The poem “Two Hands” By Jon Stallworthy depicts the angst felt by a son vis-à-vis his more successful father. The title itself suggests that despite being physically similar their personalities are different. We know that the protagonist’s father is a hard working individual from the usage of the word “late.” The poet uses personification in the line “a pencil nodding stiffly in the hand” to show his perseverance despite having “thirteen times between breakfast and supper” worked dexterously as surgeon denoted by the word “scalpel”. There is also an element of sarcasm in the poem as the poet is commenting on the frequency with which he operates and this also shows the poet’s own sense of inferiority. The poet here uses alliteration in line 1 and 2 to highlight the words “study, sits, stiffly” which brings out the father’s character and uses the same technique in line 3 “that thirteen times” by repeating the letter “t” to create a chatty and colloquial style that continues throughout the poem.
In Victorian times when Rossetti was writing, this would certainly have been considered shameful. The narrator answers the questions in the first quatrain, naming her sister Maude as the person who told her parents what was happening. Andrew Foster begins his poem in first person perspective indicating that the narrator is narrating a tale to the audience however the poem is actually aimed at the narrators’ younger brother and is written in free verse making the poem sound like a story being told in spoken English. The narrator starts off with the tone which the metaphor ‘Saddled with you’ set suggesting the negative feelings the speaker has for his brother, as if he is an inconvenience, restricting the freedom of the speaker. With the third stanza makes it clear that the older boys are still children, despite how they would like to be seen by the world: they 'chased
A single example of his decorative writing is shown when Geddes writes of the possibility of a relationship existing between the shooter and Ms.Scheuer. He hints at a similarity in age, and relates the shooters posture to bowing on one knee in marriage proposal. By rewriting this heart wrenching story into a poem Gary Geddes is creating a piece of art that can be shared for many years. As a result one is able to better understand the things that people have done wrong in the past and can help to positively affect our