A Summative Analysis Of Li Young Lee's Poem "Persimmons" And Eamon Grennan's Poem "Pause". Entitled "Summative Analysis"

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When you attempt to find a solution to any kind of problem, it is best to look at it from different perspectives. When two poems focus on a common theme with the same familial relationships, different points of view must certainly give great insight on the topic at hand. For instance, in "Persimmons" and "Pause", the reader can clearly understand the vast love in the child-father relationship within each poem. "Persimmons" is told from the perspective of the child in the relationship, which goes on early in the start of the poem (e.g. the first stanza) to reveal some of his past experiences, experiences we can use to better understand his relationship with the father. The author conveys a mood of pleasant nostalgia to the reader, reminiscing on the warmth that his father cast on him. Comparable to "Persimmons", "Pause" speaks from the perspective of a father towards the subject of his daughter. The father in "Pause" recalls memories of his daughter on a winter morning, as he waits for her at the bus stop (lines 10 and 21). The author definitively describes every moment as if every second he spends with his daughter is history in the making. The author is a man who loves his life and embraces life's unfolding events (line 20, "intrusions of love and disaster") which is parallel to the tone of the author in "Persimmons" who soaks up the wise words of his father and never looks negatively upon the events that formed his life.The intense imagery surrounding "Persimmons" is unmistakable. Imagery reaches out at us to appeal to all the senses we use everyday in our lives. It is this sense of realism that gives imagery such power over the reader. In the opening of the poem (line 2) the author is "slapped" on the back of his head. Everyone has at one time felt the punishment for a wrongdoing at school and everyone understands the feeling is very hurtful as you begin to feel like a disappointment. The reader follows this and through imagery, he can relate. Lines 9 to 16 express the fullness of imagery that only a great poet can put into words. The reader begins to see a persimmon form before his eyes. First, he can smell it, and then he can feel the delicate skin. Eventually he can begin to taste its mix of tart and sweet taste. Without this imagery which is kept constant throughout the poem (lines: 18 to 20, 46 to 48, 58 to 60, 76, 86 to 88 [these last three lines reach a culmination and signal the abrupt end of the imagery]), the reader would be left feeling empty and unsatisfied. The understanding of the symbolism can only come through understanding of the depths of analysis of the imagery. With analysis, the significance of the "Persimmons" so frequently alluded to can be comprehended. The author mentions an important event in his life within each of the first four stanzas (embarrassment as a child, first sexual experience, fear and fights, beginning of fascination with persimmons). The following stanza (lines 46 to 48) divulges perceptions that the...

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