Summary Of My Daughter Consider Her Body By Floyd Skloot

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In Floyd Skloot’s poem My Daughter Considers Her Body, the speaker is a parent who is observing their daughter as she studies the marks on her body, both day and night; becoming mesmerized with her body's imperfections. Although the little girl doubts her body can fully heal, her parent knows that once she accepts it’s need for adventure and risk, she will no longer have to worry about it. The poem concludes with a declarative sentence; revealing that this knowledge will become available to the daughter once she learns how to accept and care for her wounds. Skloot mainly uses intense imagery, multiple levels of diction, and various other literary elements scattered throughout the poem to tell a story of his daughter realizing her body’s ability …show more content…

Right from the first line, “she examines her hand, fingers spread wide.” (Skloot 1), Skloot paints a picture in our head of how thoroughly his daughter is investigating her hand, not wanting to miss even a speck. He describes the small girl contorting her body at two different times; “she bends over her crossed legs” (Skloot 2), “twisting before her mirror” (Skloot 5), to illustrate how persistent she is to find every little scar or bruise on her body. He uses imagery to ensure what we are imagining resembles what he is experiencing; avoiding miscommunication in hopes of a clearer understanding of the poem. Details about her infinite interest is brought up even when she is half asleep, proving to the reader, it’s something that intrigues her no matter the time of day, “Barley awake, she studies creases her / arm developed as she slept.” (Skloot 7-8). I think her captivation of such small marks is created out of the uniqueness of them all. She understands they change how she looks, and wants to study every individual one. Disregarding whether the marks are permanent or temporary, she may assume they partially define who she is, constantly changing as she does with age and

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