Wood Butcher by Norman Hindley, Behind Grandma's House by Gary Soto, and Manners by Elizabeth Bishop

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Wood Butcher by Norman Hindley, Behind Grandma's House by Gary Soto, and Manners by Elizabeth Bishop For this paper I will be discussing three poems. They are Wood Butcher by Norman Hindley, Behind Grandma's House by Gary Soto, and Manners by Elizabeth Bishop. I will be examining the common theme I found throughout the three poems. I found that to be how the relatives teach lessons to their relation of a younger generation and the different approaches to their teaching. To …show more content…
The grandmother's approach to teaching her grandson a lesson is to beat it out of him. The poem clearly states "punched me between the eyes" which is different from the father's approach in the Wood Butcher. She treated her grandson the way he was treating everything else. She wanted to set him strait and actually teach him a lesson. That was proven in the words "Let me help you." The father from the Wood Butcher seemed almost annoyed because he didn't take the time to fix the mistakes. That was demonstrated in the line "wavy frames…You broke them out with a chair." At most he tells his son it over and over rather than showing him. "Measure twice, cut once. You said it a hundred times" I believe that maybe if he would have showed him it, it would have been different. In the third poem, Manners by Elizabeth Bishop the grandfather takes a non-violent approach. The grandfather's teaching method is to tell his grandson exactly how to act. "My grandfather said to me as we sat on the wagon seat, ‘Be sure to remember to always speak to everyone you meet'" showed his direct approach. The grandfather also practiced what he preached. The line ‘Good day, sir. Good day. A fine day' proved that he really did speak to everyone he met. This is just one example, after every manner lesson he gave his grandson it gave an example of him actually doing it. I believe that this

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