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Analysis of "Elegy for my father's father".

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  • Submitted: 18/04/2012
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Critical analysis of Elegy for my father's father

What is the true meaning of family? A support system. A unit that guides you through life. People that always have your best interest at heart. They are and will always be there for you. You are yourself around them and they never expect you to hold back. Joy and sorrow. Laughs and tears. All elements shared with family. This is not the case in all situations as seen in the poem elegy for my father's father.

Elegy for my father's father is one stanza poem of sorrow and sadness. A poem written by a man who hardly knew his grandfather. Thus the title elegy for my father's father which brings out the detached mood. The persona begins by telling the reader how they all knew this man died knowing he was emotionally detached from all those around him. He was an introvert and kept to himself. 'O for all the tall tower broken memorial denied' a sentence showing the little they had to remember him by. There were no marks of him and there was very little to him. 'And the unchanging cairn that pipes could set ablaze

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