Beyond Words : A Research On Li- Young Lee

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Beyond Words: A Research on Li- Young Lee

The great poet Judy Wright once said, “Feelings or emotions are the universal language and are to be honored. They are the authentic expression of who you are at your deepest place.”; when she said this, she was talking about the idea that by sharing our emotions, we can all connect and can find out who we really are. Emotions are what make us all the same, yet different at the same time. Li- Young Lee is known for including raw, open emotions in all of his poems. Lee’s poems are first person narratives of his own life; while narrating, Lee includes and explores the thoughts and feelings that are passing through his head while certain events are occurring.The emotions that Lee focuses on, change and expand over time as he ages and grows, and make his poetry gain deeper meaning. Lee is able to find meaning from his own memories, alongside the reader; he uses an attitude of humility and open- mindedness to be able to explain raw emotions that take his poetry beyond the normal ideas of literature. By exploring his emotions and feelings instead of shying away from them, Lee is able to transition from his past to the present, develop his own sense of identity, and connect to the reader.
Lee is able to pinpoint the emotions that he felt in his childhood, and that leads him to draw knowledge from the past and connect it to the present. One of the biggest influences in Lee’s poetry- and life- was his father. Lee had a very close emotional…
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