ENG 125 Week 4 Assignment Reading Responses to a Poem
ENG 125 Week 4 Assignment Reading Responses to a Poem
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Running head POEM REVIEW Week Four Assignment Ashford University Introduction to Literature ENG 125 Submitted Journey Into Literature Journey Into Literature 2 Week Four Assignment The most seductive poem types enjoyed are those that use a lot of rhyming and symbolism in which I can then relate to in a personalized way My Papa s Waltz was written in first person narrative and contained plenty of rhythm and symbolism Crafted around a story about a boy and his father My Papa s Waltz was read in the rhythmic form of a poem Identifying with the persona was simplistic because the author used I for first person narrative which allowed me as the reader to relate to what Roethke the author was intending for me to experience emotionally As compared to a short story Roethke used the introduction of the poem to set the tone and setting for the story to follow The whiskey on your breath was the first lie entry and I relate to it all to well because my own father has a love affair with Jack Daniels As such I was able to identify with the senses of scenery and smell The next entry could make a boy dizzy conveyed the robust aroma of whiskey falling off of the father s breath and was crafted in such a way that readers may get a sense of over indulgence Moving on Roethke wrote the hand that held my wrist and I could imagine walking along with my father at age five Again written as a firstperson narrative allowed me to live through the story on a personal level If Roethke had structured it with a third person narrative then it would be less personal By example The boy did not say squeezed or grabbed The first person composure gave meaning to the poem and was even more effective with the use of symbolism With use of the linguistic held the author provides a feeling of calm and peace that is absent from fear This in mind Held my wrist instead of something else such as Held my hand does initially propose a forceful action As a reader of the poetry there was never a firm understanding of the identity of this young man This may have been done intentionally since the poem was crafted in a first person Journey Into Literature 3 narrative whereby the author was trying to provoke a recollection of authenticity This allowed the relation of emotional ties before moving on to how the young lad was treated The informal diction also was a strong consideration for being able to relate to the poem Though some of the sentences were fragmented the poem was crafted in today s literary form We romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf is an example of how the simplification brought more realism of the boy actually speaking the poem If it were first person narrative of the father then as a reader there might be an expectation for more sophisticated descriptions The presence of symbolism was existent but not dominant With the design of the poem there is a speculation that the symbolism will show up differently from reader to reader Since the poem does include dancing I would correlate the symbolism to a emotion of joy Although the young man shudders his fathers drinking he also enjoys the time he gets to spend with him As a reader we know that the boy looses interest in his fathers drinking because of the way that he described his father s breath as dizzying The way that the mother reacted to the situation caused a noticing that although she might have been displeased with his level of mischievousness he was not a bad father My mother s countenance could not frown on itself was regarding the young man observing his mothers displeasure of her husband There was a adjusted sense of fear provoked within when describing such terms as whiskey breath and wrist however the author never exploits the initial perturbation further so it was dismissed all together as a playful experience Since the young man never mentions any evasiveness or displeasure there is no reason not to dismiss any initiations of concern or fear In reference of the rhyming and rhythm within the poem I noted line two and four of each subsection of the poem ended in alliterations The sound that y produces in words like dizzy and easy create a smooth ow throughout the poem Also each line of the poem contained six Journey Into Literature 4 syllables and this is What gave the poem its rhythm After last week s discussion thread regarding the exposure to hearing poems spoken out loud I enjoyed reading the ow of the poem how the author intended With use of rhymes and alliterations The realization of the plot was equally as entertaining as being able to determine the crafting of one line of text to the next My Papa s Waltz engages many of the literary elements that short story should have It has characters a setting and a theme and uses tone rhythm and alliteration throughout Journey Into Literature References Clugston R W 2010 Journey into Literature San Diego California Bridgepoint Education Inc httpcontentashfordedubooks Roethke T 1950 My papa s Waltz Retrieved from 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