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Analyzing C. Day Lewis 'Walking Away'

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“Walking Away” by C. Day Lewis is about the father watching his son leaving home and going out on his own. They poem conveys the parental love and sad parting of father and son as the son comes of mature age. The poem starts with the poet remembering back to 18 years. Author uses strong imagery throughout the poem to relate to his son leaving home which helps the readers to understand the difficulty he, as a father, with letting go of his son by using flashbacks “A sunny day with leaves just turning, the touch-lines new-ruled – since I watched you play”. The four stanza poem is balanced out with the use of rhyme which evokes a sense of nostalgia in the reader, making the reader look back when they first left their child at school. Poet also
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