To a Daughter Leaving Home

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To a Daughter Leaving Home Linda Pastan When I taught you at eight to ride a bicycle, loping along beside you as you wobbled away on two round wheels, my own mouth rounding in surprise when you pulled ahead down the curved path of the park, I kept waiting for the thud of your crash as I sprinted to catch up, while you grew smaller, more breakable with distance, pumping, pumping for your life, screaming with laughter, the hair flapping behind you like a handkerchief waving goodbye. ANALYSIS The title of the poem ‘To a Daughter Leaving Home’ struck me as it is really innovative and makes you wonder how the poem is going to be. It is a poem by Linda Pastan describing a mother’s emotional state when her daughter goes away. This poem is by a mother for her daughter, showing all the worries she has for her. And goes on about how the mother has seen the daughter grow up and also cherishes the sweet memories that they had.The title of this poem suggests that it is dedicated to a daughter leaving home and most probably it is by a mother. However, after reading the poem for the first time, it seemed out of topic as all it talks about is a mother talking about a time when she taught her daughter to bike ride. But then after reading it more than once, I realised that it actually has a deeper meaning that shows how the daughter has grown in all the years and how sometimes she failed in life but the mother was always there to help her around. Nevertheless this poem ends in a sad tone as it refers to how mothers will always have a concern for their child no matter how old they grow.The main theme in this poem is sentimental, as the mother is sort of looking back to the times when her daughter was young and travels through time as she talks about she bidding her goodbye.The choice of the opening of the poem, “When I taught you at eight to ride a

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