English Commentary- two hands

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        The Poem “Two hands” is about a man, who is in awe of his father and his father’s profession and would hence, like to pay a tribute to his father by dedicating a literary piece to him. He uses a metaphor to compare their hands and draws a parallel between his father’s and his own abilities and professions, thus, praising his father’s capabilities. The poet is written in first person by the omnipresent poet’s point of view.

The poem is set in the poet’s house where the father is working on his medical journal in his study. The son is working at the other end of his house. The atmosphere seems to be very busy as both of them are working late into the night. The “pencil nodding” suggests the movement and the vigor with which the father is working, indicating that he is very busy.

There are two protagonists in this poem-the poet’s father and the poet himself. The poet’s father is an experienced surgeon. This is evident as it is mentioned that

“The hand that thirteen times between breakfast and supper led a scalpel an intricate dance.” Thus, he performs several surgeries everyday, from morning, till the night. He is a hardworking and diligent man as he works late into the night and even attends to a patient in the night. He doesn’t seem to be very comfortable with writing as he is with surgeries as it is mentioned that “a pencil nodding stiffly in the hand.” and “led a scalpel an intricate dance”. By using the word “dance”, the poet brings about his father’s artistic trait and effectively shows his father to be very comfortable in the midst of a surgery. The poet is in awe of his father’s brilliance and his profession. The poet feels that his father’s profession is noble as it does service to mankind.

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The other protagonist in the poem is the poet. The poet is in complete awe of his father from the beginning of the poem as he considers hi father’s profession to be one of honor as it benefits other people. The poet is saddened by the fact that his profession can be of no such use to the rest of the world and he cannot contribute to others in the same way his father does. He says, “I have watched the other save no one, serve no one, dance with this pencil.” The poet is also in awe of how ...

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