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    The poems “Forgiving My Father” by Lucille Clifton and “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath highlight troubled relationships with the authors’ fathers. While most all family relationships have weakness and strife, the ones discussed in these writings are relationships that continue to haunt the authors many years after their fathers’ deaths. The poems are similar in the authors’ tone, point of view, their use of excuses for their fathers’ behavior, and their fathers’ treatment of the authors’ mothers. Both Sylvia

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    Daddy Issues The poems “Forgiving My Father” by Lucille Clifton and “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath highlight troubled relationships with the authors’ fathers. While most all family relationships have weakness and strife, the ones discussed in these writings are relationships that continue to haunt the authors many years after their fathers’ deaths. The poems are similar in the authors’ tone, point of view, their use of excuses for their fathers’ behavior, and their fathers’ treatment of the authors’ mothers

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    Being a father is a thankless job; it is a heavy responsibility for those who hold the title. There are some fathers who fail their children through abuse, neglect, and absence. Theodore Roethke’s “Papa’s Waltz” recounts a night the speaker’s father returns home late after drinking. What happens next can be interpreted as violence or merriment. Lucille Clifton’s “Forgiving my Father” is a visit to the grave where the child of two deceased parents “pays her dues”. The relationship between father and child

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    a speaker process of gaining freedom from their fathers after they have passed. Clifton’s poem “forgiving my father” is about a speaker that has been tormented by the death of her father, not because he died, but because of the way he lived his life. He was unable to provide for his family, and she hated him for this. His inability to provide may have led her mother to work herself into an early grave, which only adds to her anger with her father. She spent her life hating him, but in the end,

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    A short synopsis of the poem “forgiving my father”, written by Lucille Clifton is that it is about a daughters recollection of her life growing up, specifically her father’s inefficiencies. Throughout the poem, the persona shifts through boots of anger, bitterness and contempt as she reflects on the experiences she had growing up. To fully grasp what the poem is about in its totality, one could ascribe to many different types of criticism however; this paper seeks to reveal the meaning of the poem

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    parents for any mistake their parents may have made, however forgiving and forgetting are not the same thing. How parents nurture their children has a significant role in those children’s lives. Children may have forgiven, but forgetting is a not always as easy or even possible. Theodore Roethke’s poem “My papa’s waltz” and Lucille Clifton’s “forgiving my father” recalls the speakers’ respective childhoods and treatment by their father. The poem shows that even through time it is not as always easy

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    The poem, “forgiving my father,” written by Lucille Clifton is a poem of rant that can be assumed that the speaker has a tremendous amount on their chest that needs to be lifted off. The splurge of ranting may be caused by past experiences they may not completely agree with. The reader can assume both of the speaker’s parents are deceased and she is forced to deal with emotional debt that is left behind from her father. The speaker describes their father’s lack of emotional support for their family

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    Lucille Clifton’s and William Faulkner’s characters in “Forgiving my Father” and “A Rose for Emily” demonstrate sections of the authors personal lives and their past experiences, and the works give insight into the styles along with the flow that the authors use when they write pieces like these. The authors characters in the stories are also similarly written, being that some of the problems that they face in the stories. The way that Clifton and Faulkner write pieces like these can often leave

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    The Invisible Supporter In the poem “Forgiving My Father” by Lucille Clifton, the reader embarks on a journey with the narrator as she explains the problems she has with her father. The girl is telling the story from the funeral of her father claiming that she is coming to collect what her father owes her mother. As the story plays out, the girl realizes that the issues she is having with her father is rooting from his childhood. Clifton uses the narrator to show different examples of imagery and

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    Lucille Clifton’s “forgiving my father” and Molly Peacock’s “Say You Love Me” are two poems about incompetent and abusive fathers. The speaker of “forgiving my father” is angry about her father’s immorality and poverty that lead to her family’s debts. However, after addressing the complex relationships between the speaker’s parents as well as the father-son relationships of three generations, she finally realizes her father’s dilemma and decides to let it go. In contrast, “Say You Love Me” replays

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