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The poem ‘Dad’ explores the author, Elaine Feinstein’s life and the feelings surrounding the passing of her father. The poem was written a year and a half after her father’s death as she tried to come to terms with her feelings of grief and sadness towards losing a loved one. Elaine Feinstein reflects on the images she has of her father.
The themes that evolve throughout the poem ‘Dad’ are those of grief for the father she has lost, love and great sorrow. “Every day I grieve”, demonstrates the degree of loss the author feels towards her father’s death. Fond memories of her father caring sacks of potatoes, fresh eggs and flowers show the great love she feels towards her father. She feels sorrow for all the childhood
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It portrays the image of a little child wearing a hat that falls over his eyes. The purpose of the imagery is to show where the poem starts off; when the author was a child describing what his earliest memories were like.
In the second stanza the most significant poetic device was a metaphor. This could be found at the end of the stanza, “you beached: cold, white-faced, shivering.” This metaphor is comparing the man or dad to a beached whale suggesting he is sick or reached a difficult obstacle. The image put forward is of the father lying in a hospital bed with some illness. The author has gradually worked to this image, each sentence is about the author’s memories this is a recent memory, unlike the others which were from when the author was younger.
In the third stanza an important sentence for imagery is, “What happened, old bull, my loyal hoarse-voiced warrior?” The image captured in this sentence is of someone questioning how this could have happened to such a determined and wilful man. This suggests that the now old man had such an effect on the narrator/author that they thought the old man could never be stopped but they were proved wrong. This adds to the mood of the poem as well. In the final stanza the most obvious poetic device was a simile. In the sentence, “the earth as chosen as a bed…” is where the simile is. It is comparing the earth of a grave-pit to a bed
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