Poem Analysis : Li Young Lee

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Li-Young Lee is well known for his fascinating and his profound poetry. The organization of his poetry is well done and each word of his writing is well put into the right place. Even though Li-Young Lee poetry is well written, all forms of poetry needs a through process of analyzing, in order for the reader to get a clear understand what they are reading. Lee’s book, Rose, has various poems that pertains mostly to his family and his father whom he has a close relationship. In the poem “Eating Alone,” it seems the speaker is going through deep sadness as his father is no longer with him. The overall structure of the poem shows that the speaker is reliving moments of sadness and heart break due to his father death. Throughout the poem a…show more content…
I can’t recall our words. But I still see him bend that way left hand braced on knee, creaky to lift and hold to my eye a rotten pear In it, a hornet spun crazily, glazed in slow, glistening juice” (1-6). This beautiful image shows what type of relationship they had prior to the father death. The father shows his son in this brief quote that even in a rotten pear there is still life within the hornet. Cleary it can be seen that the father enjoyed having the presence of his son. It is a very eye catching scene that illustrates their relationship. It was them being together that mattered. These little things that the father did for the speaker his son embarked a special relationship between the two. It was these things the father did that placed him in the heart of his son. It isn’t until the third stanza that speaker begins to see and have visions of his father which causes him to react. The stanza begins with the speaker’s vision, “It was my father I saw this morning waving to me from the trees. I almost called to him, until I came close enough to see the shovel, leaning where I had left it, in the flickering, deep green shade”(1-5). In this short, quote it can be seen as the speaker is spooked or has seen a ghost of his father. It can be argued that something out in the nature has made the speaker convinced that his father was waving which isn’t possible because he is deceased. There can be many reasons why the speaker
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