Analysis Of The Poem ' Piano '

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Like “Half Past Two”, “Piano” also explores the theme of childhood. “Piano” written by D.H. Lawrence is about a persona witnessing a stranger playing a piano, which then triggers a memory of him as a child listening to his mother playing the piano. This is a simple lyric poem that has 3 quatrains with a repeated rhyme scheme of AABB. The poem uses trochaic pentameter in oppose to iambic pentameter as trochaic pentameter stresses upon the first syllable, which may symbolize the first and most important woman in his life – his mother. The form of the poem (simple rhyming and trochaic pentameter) helps emphasize upon the sense of the simplicity of childhood and the music so deeply connected to it. D.H. Lawrence uses structure to portray the persona being torn between childhood and adulthood. In each stanza, the first two lines are during his adulthood and the last two lines are set in his childhood. This constant switch between past and present furthermore shows the struggle for the persona to choose between the two. He wants to remain in his adulthood but at the same time is willing to give that up for the innocence and homeliness of his childhood. The struggle he goes through gives the poem a melancholic tone in reminiscence of his childhood as that joyful period is over and instead of listening to his mother play the piano, he is faced with the realities and difficulties of adulthood. The word “piano” is repeated in every stanza, which highlights the main focus of
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