Analysis Of The Poem ' I A Sad Daughter ' By Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje uses a unique approach on how a father can communicate affectionately to his teenage daughter through the use of dramatic monologue. A dramatic monologue, otherwise known as a persona poem, is a monologue in which the character is talking to an unidentifiable listener at a dramatic moment in the speaker’s life. One of Canada’s greatly renowned authors, Ondaatje, is a native of Sri Lanka, but became a Canadian citizen as a young adult. He is well-known for his novel, “An English Patient”, which was made into an Academy Award winning movie (Davis). Ondaatje 's poem, “To a Sad Daughter”, is a first person narrative written in free verse. “To a Sad Daughter”, follows the character development of the daughter as she pursues her fascination in hockey. As the narrator recollects memories concerning his daughter, he describes his admiration for the type of person that she is; mentioning that he adores her moods, her flaws, and her eccentricity. He would use the term love however, the daughter is uncomfortable when he expresses that amount of affection towards her. One of the common fallacies about a father’s relationship with his children is that they are irrationally strict; nonetheless, Ondaatje’s use of subtle figurative language, organic imagery, and tone in “To a Sad Daughter” contradicts this misconception by discussing a father and daughter’s relationship through the father’s perspective. Foremost, Ondaatje applies sophisticated figurative language through…
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