Olds Poem

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Devon Sahid Humanities 101 September 26, 2011 October 24, 2011 Olds Poem In Sharon Olds The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb she states “With a pencil and two Hardy Boys and a peanut butter sandwich and grapes he is on his way, there is nothing more we can do for him” the narrator is sending her son off with what she thinks he will need not only for summer camp but for life. She sends him away with two Hardy Boys books. This is relevant because the Hardy Boy characters are maturing and being aimed at a maturing audience. She wants him to mature during his time away from home. It may not be right away but she wants him to at least try to. To become more inquisitive when he is on his own. She wants him to learn…show more content…
First fold as a symbol of life, second a symbol of believe in eternal life, and so on. From first fold to 13th each with a certain significance ceremony wise.[1] The bus carrying him away is compared to the flag but it is not the main focus. Even though it is something that will happen again and again as is expected. She says folded at the end of a ceremony showing that her son will leave home again and again. Being tested each and every time he is out. The main focus is that the bus getting smaller and smaller as it gets farther and farther away, or until only a heavy wedge remains, as a type of emotional connection, or disconnection between mother and son. As one would saying “something has driven a wedge between us”. Given that the are separated one can assume that they with grow apart hence wedge. Referring to the flag folds, one through 13 could be the child's age. 13 being around the time he hits puberty and therefore creating an even bigger wedge between him and the narrator. Most kid's around 13 have a tendency to challenge their parents, no longer wanting to be treated like a child. ----------------------- [1]
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