In a certain period of life, growing child leaves his parents, turning his home’s safety for the uncertainty, and the life stability for hardship. Although a young person wants to have a good relationship with his parents, he also wants to be himself, and emphasize his individuality and autonomy. “Pomegranate,” a poem by Eavan Boland, draws on the Greek myth “Demeter and Persephone” to illustrates the influence of inevitable changes in human development on relationship between mother and daughter, and periodicity of human existence. To express her feelings, Bolan draws on the motifs of the myth “Demeter ( Ceres) and Persephone’, which refers to the emotion of all mothers. Boland compares her concerns and feelings to struggles of the …show more content…
In the first two lines of the poem “[t]he only legend I have ever loved/ is the story of a daughter lost in hell”, Boland recalls her own experience as a young person who had to move from Ireland to England. The author identifies herself with Persephone. She fell lost and confused in a “city of fogs and strange consonants” (ln 9), and fell as “an exiled child in the crackling dusk/ of the underworld”(ln 11,12). This unpleasant experience from her early childhood is still present in her mind , therefore she “[could] enter it anywhere”(ln. 7). However, when Boland grew up, she walked out of the “ crackling dusk” into the “summer twilight” ( ln. 11,13) as Ceres, the mother, who tries to protect her daughter from the threats that lurk in the surrounding world. The author has some life knowledge and legitimate concerns, therefore she wants “to make any bargain to keep her” (ln. 16) and protect from the loss that has to come “I knew/ winter was in store of every leaf/ on every tree on that road.” ( ln. 19-21). Winter, as a cold season, indicates changes in mother daughter relationship and these changes “[are] inescapable for each one we passed./ And for me.” ( …show more content…
The pomegranate, a symbol of adulthood, can also be a source of pleasure, curiosity, and fulfillment. Like Persephone who finally come to love Hades, her daughter also can eventually find her way in the adulthood. The mother knows that “if [she] defer the grief, [she will] diminish the gift” (ln. 49). Therefore, Boland “will say nothing” because the loss of innocence is an inevitable part of the cyclical nature of human life. Everyone has his own role to fulfill in life, and his own contribution to “the legend [that] will be hers as well as mine” (ln 50). Boland knows that her daughter will finally grow up and become a mother, and she will have to go through the same struggles as the author and the mythical Ceres, because the wheel of the human existence will have to reach his next
Often when children are spoiled, they develop a sense of superiority to those around them. However, after leaving the closed environment of a household, the need for authority and supremacy can create unintended consequences imbedded with sorrow. The fallout from this misfortune is seen in “Why I Live at the P.O.” in the family quarrel that ensues due to the return of Stella-Rondo. Throughout the narration, the author asserts that because, the world is apathetic to one’s dilemmas, a shielded and pampered upbringing can only hamper personal development. Through the denial of truth that the family exhibits in attempts to improve relations and through the jealousy that Sister experiences as inferior to Stella-Rondo, the source of hindered maturity is exemplified.
Modern society believes in the difficult yet essential nature of coming of age. Adolescents must face difficult obstacles in life, whether it be familial, academic, or fiscal obstacles. In the House on Mango Street, Esperanza longs for a life where she will no longer be chained to Mango Street and aspires to escape. As Esperanza grows up on Mango Street, she witnesses the effect of poverty, violence, and loss of dreams on her friends and family, leading her to feel confused and broken, clinging to the dream of leaving Mango Street. Cisneros uses a reflective tone to argue that a change in one’s identity is inevitable, but ultimately for the worst.
In modern society, both the abstract and concrete representations of children are intertwined with the themes associated with happiness, innocence, ignorance, gullibility, and the allure of youth. But, if I may for a moment mimic Caroline Vout’s presentation of her arguments by asking, how does today’s current view of children differ from the non-linguistic representations of children in ancient times? If one was to rewind time while focusing solely on the exemplification of children in ancient Greek and Rome, they would discover that presumably there is a degradation of the importance of the child in society. The previously mentioned Caroline Vout supplies the fact that the great philosopher Aristotle believed that “[children were] virtually denied human status on the grounds of their diminished faculty of deliberation.” This thought process is obviously contradictory to the widely accepted opinion of children in today’s modern society. With the assistance of multiple sculptures, frescos, and drawings, Vout utilizes rhetorical questions to engage the reader in her arguments concerning the portrayal of children during the Hellenistic period.
In the free verse prose coming of age poem “Quinceanera” by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the reader comes across the dramatic narrative of a young girl who is getting ready to celebrate her Quinceanera where she is starting to come in touch with the harsh reality of having to mature. It seems that through Cofer’s use of diction, imagery, and similes the reader is capable to analyze how the poem conveys the despotic actuality of life as one has to grow up and take on heavy responsibilities that ultimately mark our entrance into adulthood.
The author uses imagery, contrasting diction, tones, and symbols in the poem to show two very different sides of the parent-child relationship. The poem’s theme is that even though parents and teenagers may have their disagreements, there is still an underlying love that binds the family together and helps them bridge their gap that is between them.
Morris Bishop’s poem has elaborately depicted a classical greek legend with a unique approach. The legend itself briefly describes the perishment of Phaethon, who insisted to ride his father, Apollo’s chariot although Apollo have discouraged him to do so. Likewise, the poem introduces a father who used the legend of Phaethon to deter his teenaged son from driving “the car”. By clearly implementing a sarcastic humour and tone through the impressive imagery, and the upbeat rhyme, rhythm, the poem addresses some of the key aspects of a parent’s attitude towards the child. Bishop suggests that in order to keep their child in their “wonted courses”, it is essential for parents to carry out the obligation to address their child’s sense of limit.
Through love we can see that an everlasting relationship can be built. While reading this poem, the reader starts to feel a growing connection to the mother, father, and child line by line. By the end of it, one may feel as though they are so closely connected, that they can see themselves as the characters in the story. This poem speaks the truth about a relationship that is universal for any human
The process of becoming an adult takes more time for children who enjoy freedom. When the kid is still young, one’s parents or guardians would not mind whatever the child does. But when one grows up, one’s hobby and attitude has to change according to one’s age. The Fall of a City is a short story written by Alden Nowlan to illustrate the forced maturation of the 11-year-old child under the influence of his relatives. It is a piece of writing full of pathos, where the protagonist ends up destroying the creation of his childish imagination because of his uncle and aunt’s judgment. Once they discovered what Teddy has been doing up in the attic, he decides to follow the course of his fate. He leaves his imaginary world, where he is the almighty king, to face the much more challenging real world. The Fall of a City is written by Alden Nowlan in order to express his vision of the transition from youth to manhood because of societal pressure, and the hardship is shown through the critique of Teddy’ uncle and aunt about their nephew’s character traits and the diverse conflicts which the protagonist faces within the story.
I have elected to analyze seven poems spoken by a child to its parent. Despite a wide variety of sentiments, all share one theme: the deep and complicated love between child and parent.
Bearing a child is the biggest responsibility that will happen in life. Providing time and protection of the child is a major part. But the most important thing is that they do not become lonely and forgotten. When being a parent, this is their job, to keep them welcomed and to never forget about them. In the fragment titled, “The Virgin,” Sappho uses vivid imagery to show how an apple tree has a relationship like mother and child. How the tree would be the mother, and the child would be the apple. Like a mother and child, it is the responsibility of the tree to hold on to the apple and make sure it gets taken care of, no matter what.
In the poem, “Myth,” the conflict between the denial and the acceptance of her mother’s death are expressed through the darkness of Trethewey’s sleep and the harsh light of her awakening. “Myth” is structured in such a way that a reader can take in an image of a person sleeping and waking; in this case, it is Tretheway in her sleeping and waking moments trying to recall back the presence of her now deceased mother. The poem begins with Tretheway
The majority of the occasions occur in the month of December, which implies it is winter time, at least in most places. The poem depicts a scene that is loaded with darkness that is just intensified by the season, seeing as how the winter season is chilly, and can be somewhat grim and dim. The poem additionally has a component of unhappiness which winter can furthermore
...rance of success in the wicked, though it quickly proves that temporary pleasure will never compare to the eternal happiness only God can provide. The loss of his position and fame has left Boethius depressed, but the Lady reminds him of his successes and his ultimate reward.
In the essay: “ ‘Cinderella’: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts”’, Bruno Bettelheim discusses how Cinderella is a story about the difficulties of sibling rivalry and the degraded heroine ending up on top of the siblings that oppressed her. Bettelheim argues that sibling rivalry is created when a child feels that they cannot win their parents love and esteem in comparison to his brothers or sisters. In addition he argues that every child feels that they deserve to be degraded at some point in their life. The concept of Oedipal guilt, his last point, has some intriguing details included in it, concepts of which could be disputed. However, the main focus of this essay is on how children justify the idea that they should be degraded, and because of the hardships they have faced, risen up and exalted like Cinderella was. He states that Cinderella relates very closely to the youth because they feel like they can relate to her situation more than the majority of people could.
Utilizing case of demonstrating how it can rationally influence a woman for a lifetime because of the certainty of required a moms care and love. Likewise demonstrating how it influences a child’s way in turning into a mother themselves. I agree with the author and his points throughout the article, demonstrating a motherless child is obscure of the untrue love that is originated from men, in both the period of the composed play furthermore present. The article and composed play successfully go together hand in hand as an inseparable unit demonstrating points of interest on how it is ideal to have a mother in a child’s