Linda Pastan's For a Daughter Leaving Home Essay

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Linda Pastan’s poem, “For a Daughter Leaving Home,” displays how a parent views the life of his or her daughter by relating it to their daughter’s first bicycle ride. Her bicycle ride represents the difficult and stressful journey that the girl has embarked on throughout her life. Although the girl is now grown up and ready to start a life of her own, her parent is recalling everything about the girl’s life up to this point. The author, Linda Pastan, was born on in1932, on May 27 in New York City, New York. She was the only child of Jacob L. Olenic, a surgeon, and Bess Olneic. She had a relatively normal life growing up. Her parents were from European Jewish descent, but because of their atheistic views, they sent their daughter to a…show more content…
The occasion would be whenever a daughter is going anywhere without her parents, or she is growing up in general. The setting is at a park on an afternoon. The only people involved in the poem would be a parent and a young girl. Pastan displays a parent remembering when his or her daughter was being taught to ride a bicycle in lines 1-10. They were guiding the bike while running next to the girl, when she started to pull away and ride for herself. This represents how throughout the first years of a girls’ life she is being guided by her mother or father, but when she reaches a certain age she is no longer in need of their help. In lines 11-17, the parent is nervously waiting for his or her daughter to crash, but the daughter is still peddling, getting faster and more dangerous as she rides along. In life as a girl grows up she starts to do things alone, and the parent feels like they are losing their daughter. This worries the parent who is no longer next to her to catch her if she falls. Then, in lines 18-24, the girl riding the bicycle is having a great time, and the parent knows that he or she is too far away to catch her fall. In “For a Daughter Leaving Home,” it shows the view of the girl from the perspective of the mother or father as she rides away in the lines that read, “the hair flapping / behind you like a / handkerchief waving / goodbye.” As
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