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The Surprise Party In Jane Kenyon's 'Surprise'

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Does anyone like surprises? Whenever media portrays a surprise party, it is typically in a manner that has the recipient insisting on not having any surprise party. Something usually goes wrong to prove them right. If it is not something at the gathering, it is the guest of honor turning into a horrible metaphorical monster because of being forced into the situation. It is a mistrust in surprises that create this kind of reaction, and it is also mistrust that is left behind when someone decides to throw the party anyway. In Jane Kenyon’s poem “Surprise,” she uses female imagery, regression, and active reversal to relay the theme of mistrust.
Female imagery shows itself in the second line. When we think of Mayflowers, we typically think of the ship that brought settlers to America. This representation can go in several different directions. The Mayflower can represent the boat taking people from the only cavernous home they have known and pushed into a new world that they have never been part of, and left to their own devices; much like children being born. The mention of this flower could also be a parallel between the Mayflower ship and the party itself. It was supposed to be a great thing that brings happiness and development but based on the narrator’s reaction and what we know happened on the Mayflower while it traveled and when it landed; it is not too farfetched to assume that neither response was the one expected.
Regression is an unavoidable part of life. Some
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