• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Commentary on "Two Hands"

Extracts from this document...


Unseen Commentary- Two Hands In the poem 'Two Hands' the poet compares his hand with that of his father's. He uses the 'two hands' as a medium to illustrate the differences between him and his father in many different aspects of life. His appreciation for his father's hand tells us that Stallworthy aspires to be like his father, but as we probe further into the poem we find out that there is more meaning to the poem than just that. The poet describes his father's hand by writing, "a pencil nodding stiffly in the hand that thirteen times between breakfast and supper led a scalpel an intricate dance". This indicates that the poet's father is a hardworking surgeon who has performed thirteen surgeries in one day! It shows how able his father is, because performing so many surgeries in one day is not an easy task and needs a lot of skill, ability, concentration, dedication and willingness etc. ...read more.


I thought of it as, that we need both our hands to work efficiently. But as I read the poem I realized that the title depicts the 'two hands' of different people and compares the two hands. It shows how two things which might look similar do not always do similar things. It teaches us that everyone is unique and that experience and dedication plays a huge role in being successful. The poem reflects on the view that "one's destiny is in one's own hands". For example even the father who is such an expert surgeon does not take things for granted and constantly updates himself by reading medical journals. He creates his own destiny. This is one of the messages the poem conveys to us. The poem is more about the poet's father than about the poet himself. This is maybe because the poet might be feeling that it would be better to write and describe his father's hand or again in the broader sense the abilities of his father, than to write about his own hand. ...read more.


The phone "sobbed itself to sleep" by waiting to be used but the father is so dedicated and occupied with what he is doing that he doesn't have the time to use the phone. The idea of the scalpel dancing intricately is already explained before and again highlights the exceptional qualities of the father. The reason why the poet has personified these objects is because he wanted to convey to the reader how good his father is in his work. The poem has no stanzas which shows that the poet has used the technique of enjambment. This is maybe because the poet's thoughts might just be flowing and he must be simply using his "hand" to jot down whatever he thinks. Or maybe he must be trying to right fast like how his father's hand works. The contrast in the 'two hands' of the father and son shows how two things cannot be the same even if they look the same. It tells us how contrasts can lead to insecurity and self-doubting. It even tells us how contrasts make us appreciate people, get inspired by them and aspire to be like them. Veer Jhamtani IBD Year 11 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Commentary on poem "Two Hands"

    There are several themes that bring out the emotions felt by the narrator in this text. For example, love is something that is lacking in the relationship between father and son. While it can be said that the son admires his father, which is depicted through the phrase, "Hand, you

  2. Comparative Commentary on two Texts about Science

    This image is a lot less strict than that of text 2a because of phrases such as a 'loose coordination' (line 10) and a 'mass participation experiment' (lines 19-20). Especially the word 'experiment' shows that we cannot predict everything, else there would be no need to experiment.

  1. Commentary on Two hands

    Lurking beneath the simple comparing of hands one can find an underlying description of the relationship between the father and the son and their feelings towards each other. The lines "fingers with some style | on paper, elsewhere none" and "I have watched | the other save no one, serve

  2. Commentary on Earl Lovelace(TM)s 'The Dragon Can(TM)t Dance'

    The word 'last' gives a sense of isolation, and this is further emphasized as he reflects upon Fisheye's limitations and Philo's decision. The word 'Once' is used to open sentences twice, and these points out that at one point Fisheye and Philo were not under the present-day situations.

  1. Childe Harold's unseen commentary

    In the second stanza, the ocean is described as a fearful place, "deep and dark blue ocean'. It is a powerful place where humankind is helpless and has no chance of survival in the "dark blue ocean" where the speaker uses a huge number, which are "ten thousand fleets" who

  2. 'Two Hands' Commentary

    This creates the picture of the phone first going to sleep, and then suddenly wakes up with a loud ring. There are also many comparisons in the poem, firstly, the comparison of the hands, physically, and otherwise. The near the end of the poem, he says that "Down the lancet margin his hand moves rapidly as mine moves slow."

  1. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    - ??????????? ???? His father W. Burns was a hardworking farmer. He knew the value of a good education and he was determined to give his children the best schooling possible. There were 7 children in the family and Robert was the eldest.

  2. Swedish. This paper examines the ideological differences between the two major political parties ...

    Kendte præsidenter inkluderer blandt andet John F. Kennedy og Bill Clinton. Demokraterne arbejder modsat republikanerne ud fra en socialliberalistisk-inspireret politik. Demokraterne arbejder progressivt – og forsøger hele tiden at se fremad. ’’…invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power’’[7].

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work