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How is the theme of parent child relationship explored in the poems "if" "Poem at Thirty Nine", "Once Upon a Time" and three other poems?

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How is the theme of parent - child relationship explored in the poems "if" "Poem at Thirty Nine", "Once Upon a Time" and three other poems? The poems here all talk about the theme of parent child relationship. The poem "if" talks about a father teaching his son how to become a man, "Poem at Thirty Nine" talks about the relationship between a father and a daughter and how she misses her father. The poem "Once Upon a Time" talks about the realtionship of a son and a father that has been westernized and the other three poems are also showing the parent child relationship theme in different ways. The poem "If" written by Rudyard Kipling is a didactic poem, it differs from "Poem at Thirty Nine" by Alice Walker an African - American feminist, writer, poet and political activist who wrote this poem at the age of 39 after realising that her father had shaped her directly and indirectly from his actions. The common thing between "If" and "Poem at Thirty Nine" is that both the parents attempt to shape their children. The difference between "If" and "Poem at Thirty Nine" is that Alice Walker is reminiscing about her father but in the poem "If" Rudyard Kipling is remembering his son. Also the poem "If" is written in four stanzas however Alice Walker's poem is free verse because the use of remembrance makes it a train of thought. ...read more.


The poem " once upon a time" uses many language devices and the most one used in the poem is the use of repetition the most meaningful one is the phrase " Once Upon a Time" this phrase has very powerful meaning because its also used as the title of the poem, it also reflects on how the father used to be a normal and natural natural person but now hes changed and became westernised. Theres also one use of similies which is in the last stanza that read "so show me son, how to laugh; show me how i used to laugh and smile once upon a time when i was like you" this similie shows that the father wants his son to teach him to be natural rather than be the person he has become. This gives an effect of how unhappy he is of the persona he has become and his constant the effect of this phrase shows that Theres also a few compound words that are used which are "homeface, officeface, streetface, hostface and cocktailface" The use of language techniques used in "Catrin" is so many there is assonance and alliteration in the phrase "with your straight, strong, long and brown hair" besides the use of assonance the expression "red rope of love" uses alliteration and has a metaphor which describes the umbilical chord. ...read more.


This is quite motivational and heart throbbing because his son is becoming a man. "you'll be a man my son". The second poem "Poem at Thirty Nine" shows how much a family is worth because Alice Walker misses how her dad used to gather the whole family and cook for them. "How i miss my father cooking like a person in a yoga meditation". The third poem is "Once upon a Time" demonstrates me a very interesting point that parents can be taught by their children because there is a balanced level in the personality when they reach a certain age. "I want to relearn how to laugh" The poem "Catrin" also shows that loosing a link between a child is painful and is the first trip of a mom. The poem "digging" shows that there's a lot of hard work but that children also don't always follow their parent's traditions and Seamus Heaney becoming a writer instead of being a farmer conveys this here. "Follower" also conveys that people change because Heaney used to follow his father in the farm but now that his father has grown sand lost his skills he's following his own son Seamus. Moral of all these poems is that they all use parent child relationships and show that they change or become missed or make a historical manly move. By; Shahira El Zeinini ...read more.

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