Analysis Of ' The Youngest Daughter '

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Clarissa Reyna Mrs. M. Segovia English IV AP March 12, 2016 A Deeper Meaning The works of poetry are often underappreciated and overlooked. The stories of plenty are being neglected in the education of our youth. The work of Cathy Song, per say, personally has never come up prior to the assigning of this paper. In Song’s “The Youngest Daughter”, we are introduced to a variety of meanings in which an analysis full of depth is required to clearly interpret and understand what it is that the speaker is attempting to bring across through the use of clever diction. The poem in itself also contains a compilation of carefully puzzle together literary techniques that are taught to be broken down to provide a good understanding of a work of…show more content…
When analyzing literature, it is very important to take it one puzzle piece at a time. Deconstructing a work of literature can be difficult if the path isn 't taken correctly and the work isn’t completely broken down for understanding. In Cathy Song’s poem, the audience is able to understand the situation the speaker is in due to the vivid images that Song provides. The imagery in the poem can be identified as metaphorical (figure of speech in which a phrase is applied to something not literally applicable and order to suggest a resemblance). The reader can also analyze the setting through the metonymy (the use of the name of one thing for that of another thing) portrayed. Last but not least, the poem can be deconstructed with the use of the symbolism (the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities) that can be found when the poem is taken apart piece by piece. Now that we have a better understanding of what it is that is going to be analyzed, let 's begin to take a look at the poem through the eyes of a deconstructionist. Cathy Song’s “The Youngest Daughter” is clearly about a codependent relationship between a mother and daughter, the mother 's youngest daughter, to be specific. The poem is displayed in the view of first-person, for the daughter is the speaker. The poem is focused
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