The two poems I have chosen to analyze are Daystar by Rita Dove and Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden. The poem Daystar struck me from my first reading of it because I do the same thing this woman did sometimes. The apartment I share with my husband has a balcony where I have planted some flowers, and sometimes when the whether is nice I drag a rocking chair out there into the sun and just sit and let my thoughts wander. This poem reminds me of those moments. The author uses imagery in the poem to make the experience of this one woman stand out vividly. The first lines of the poem say "she saw diapers steaming on the line / a doll slumped behind the door." The phrase "steaming on the line" is especially strong, making me …show more content…
When Liza appears on the stairs, she wonders "just what was mother doing / out back with the field mice? Why / building a palace." It may look to everyone else like the woman is just sitting there wasting her time, but actually she is doing something constructive, which may be the most important part of her day. She is relaxing and clearing her mind of all the worries that have cluttered it up. She may also be reflecting on who she is as a person and where she is in her life. She may be doing something similar to meditating or praying, and it refreshes her and gives her energy to accomplish the rest of the things she must do today. That this moment may be the most important one in her day is hinted at later in the poem where it says, "that night when Thomas rolled over and / lurched into her," she thought of "the place that was hers." I don't know if that line means that he wanted to have sex with her, or that he just bumped her and it woke her up. But either way, the poem uses the word "lurched," which has a negative conation. Whatever Thomas did bothered her, and this bothersome thing made her think of her special place. This shows that reflecting on the time she spends building her "palace" is a source of comfort for her. The last line of the poem is my favorite, where the author says "she was nothing / pure nothing, in the middle of the day." This is a paradox, because obviously the woman does not cease
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What Eleanor is trying to deliver is that finding The Hill House is like living your whole life, then dying finally getting into heaven and heaven being the house. Eleanor`s stress shows throughout this part of the story making her weak minded and stressed.
The poem “Daystar” contrasts from “Loneliness” in the way the message is expressed. In the poem, she tells a story of a woman wanting to get away from her daily responsibilities. It’s obvious she’s a full time mother, and full time wife. She is exhausted from taking care of an infant “But she saw diapers steaming on the line.” She not only is burden with a new born child, but she also has many children. She is at a consistency with
In the poem “Daystar”, we see a very tired and drained mom who always finds herself in the backyard trying to find some peace and quiet to think. You can tell she does this a lot because the poem states, “She had an hour, at best, before Liza appeared pouting from the top of the stairs.” The mom knows her children will come looking for her soon so she is trying to get the most out of every minute she gets. She needs some time to herself where everything is about her and not about her unmindful children. The line, “she would open her eyes and think of the place that was hers for an hour-- where she was nothing, pure nothing, in the middle of the day.”, really adds to the longing she has to find herself again.
Liza does not comprehend why her mom would like to be "out back with the field mice" as opposed to inside dealing with the house. Her mom reacts that she is "building a royal residence". This expression demonstrates that the lady treasures her break behind the garage as she can abandon her weights and find a piece of a new life. In her haven she calls her "royal residence" where she runs the show, she is the sparkling star and leader of that minute even only for an hour. Every other time her kids and spouse have a guidelines for the rest of her
“Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, is a beautiful poem. Hayden’s poem tells a grown man’s perspective of his father. In the poem it is clear that there is distance between them and little communication. But it is discovered at the end of the poem, that love is actually present. Although it is only a 14-line poem, it packs remarkable power into each line.
“Those Winter Sundays”, by Robert Hayden, is a coming of age poem due to the remorse felt at the end of the poem. The poem follows the life of the narrator when he was young. It becomes clear that the poem is taking place in the past from the use of the word “Those” in the tittle. The tittle also sets up the tone and atmosphere: winter is typically a cold, dark, and unforgiving time of the year. The use of the straightforward tittle helps show what the piece is about.
Since everybody has their own preferences and opinions on different things or matters, the satisfaction to an individual varies between those individuals. For example, one who likes swimming takes satisfaction in swimming, but that may not be the same case for another who doesn’t know how to swim. For this person, they may dread swimming, and instead, take satisfaction in soccer, or sleeping. Miss Strangeworth is no different; she too has her own preferences in life and, therefore, takes different means, of things she does to herself, of fulfilling her own inner satisfaction. She enjoys talking to any tourist who passes by her house or on the street. She enjoys talking to them about her legacy living where she does. She tells these tourists, “my grandfather built the first house on Pleasant Street,” so that they know more of whom she is, she takes satisfaction of this because she realizes that her ancestors could be the one who help this town flourish, and she takes satisfaction in the fact that more and more people get to learn. As tourists walk down Pleasant Street, they most of the time get the whiff of the aromatic smell of Miss Strangeworth’s roses. Every time they stop by to smell the roses, if she is there, she tells them, “my grandmother planted these roses, and my mother tended them, just as I do,” letting them know of these prized flowers that are pristine, have been passed down from generation to generation. This also gives her the satisfaction of telling them this legacy of the wonderfully scented roses. Miss Strangeworth takes satisfaction in making sure that everything in her day is going according to plan, as in a schedule. When Mr. Lewis forgot that it was the day that Miss Strangeworth usually buys her tea she said to him, “it’s Tuesday Mr. Lewis you forgot to remind me.” This really
Hayden’s poem, “Those Winter Sunday’s”, shows how a father of child who goes through bitter working conditions to provide for the ones he loves; the author shows the fathers love and care for the kid in line 18 ,”who had driven in the cold and polished my good shoes as well”, how the father drives through the hazardous weather conditions for his child so they can have the satisfaction of having good shoes supports the love of the father. Also, the statement “…with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze”, is how the father takes so much to work in frigid temperatures but is still coming home to build an ire and make sure his loved ones are warm. The way Hayden’s use of bitter and sharp words such as
The poems range from somewhat comical “At the edge of never I gasped for breath, and laughed at the spawn of Satan.”, and “Summertime is morbid.” To deep and insightful, “Pain and honest language meld together to illuminate the weakness of words.”, “Imagine never learning to feel.”,
Those Winter Sundays Everyone has done something in their lifetime that they later regret. A great example of that in poetry is “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden which really states so much in just three short stanzas. In this poem the speaker talks about how his father used to work so hard during the week and kept them warm with fires on Sundays. No one ever showed the father any respect and never did they thank him for doing this. The speaker is reflecting on his past and even feels bad at about not showing appreciation back when his father did these nice things.
I found it very compelling to compare these two poems back to back. They are both stories about the trials of motherhood and what it’s like to raise up children. This set of poems is so beautiful because they are separate stories, about opposite scenarios, evoking different emotions, told by two separate poets that unintentionally piece together, forming a much bigger story. It is my opinion that the poem Daystar acts to provide spiritual context for To a Daughter Leaving Home. Anyone who has raised young children knows it is an unbearably draining experience at times. Children are notoriously dependent upon their parents for everything they need. Therefore, it is easy to understand why the mother romanticizes her precious alone time where she can finally clear her mind and bask in the long-awaited silence. Before long her children will awaken, teary-eyed and once again fully reliant on their mother’s care. For a young mother this massive daily responsibility is an extremely taxing, and seemingly endless duty.
Humans instinctively build connections with one another on a daily basis. Every interaction one has can alter their existing relationship with someone. Can we change how we are influenced by others? The excerpt Night by Elie Wiesel tells about a man who lost his family and innocence during his traumatic experience of the holocaust. The poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden as well as the excerpt Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe show different points of view concerning human connections.
Love is the word that causes grief, happiness, and confusion for so many people. Unfortunately, most forms of love are unnoticed. Romantic love has been the chief topic of poetry for the longest time, and few works target any other type of love. Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" describes some ignored parts of love, in the form of a story. Neglecting the most generic love, this poem fails to neglect the importance of tacit, filial, and regretful love.
With the “breath of rain in the air” and the tree tops bursting with life (paragraph four), Louise begins her journey to her conclusion. Even though the visualization of nature, Louise is competent enough to grasp that her love for Brently could not compare to the “possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being” (paragraph fifteen). Soon enough she had nearly forgotten her departed lover and was “drinking in an elixir of life through that open window” (paragraph eighteen). After the inhalation of submission, Louise “carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory” (paragraph twenty) down the stairs. In doing so, the once emotionally unstable and physically ailed woman with “white slender hands” (paragraph ten) was able to prepare for a life without discretion or restrictions. The development of Louise only seized due to her preexisting medical condition claiming her life. However this motivation is what caused Louise to act in the ways she did and refined the theme.