Many people don’t realize how fast life is actually moving. Today could be someone’s last day. Planning life and living it to the fullest can be challenging at times, but when you stop and smell the roses, life can seem a little bit more enjoyable. In Peter Meinke’s poem “Advice to my Son,” he portrays how important it is for his son to find a balance between loving the fun aspects of life while still having the necessities.
Alliteration is shown numerous times in this poem. “To be specific, between the peony and the rose plant squash and spinach, turnips and tomatoes.” (Lines 11-12) Squash and spinach as well as turnips and tomatoes are a few examples of alliteration. Meinke used the device to let the reader know how important it is to have the spinach, squash, turnips, and tomatoes for survival. Survival out weighs the importance of beauty like in a rose or peony. That is why alliteration wasn’t used when writing the beautiful flowers, but was used in the necessary plants to survive.
“For they go slow; if you survive the shattered windshield and the bursting shell you will arrive at our approximation here below of heaven or hell.” (6-10) These lines could be realistically compared to a terrible car crash. The lines also could be compared to a young man or women being at war with surrounding bullets and guns going off. The father could be comparing these lines to one of his own experiences in a car crash, or an army battle. Mienke was showing how life could be gone in just an instant, and the destination could be already set for the person. The son has the decision whether he wants his life to be hell, because he works all the time, or to have a little slice of heaven by having some fun every now and then.
“Beauty is nectar and nectar, in a desert, saves-- but the stomach craves stronger sustenance than the honied vine.” (13-16) Mienke is saying in these lines that beauty is sweet like nectar. It is capable of saving someone from his or her lowest point. The lowest point is like a desert, because there is nowhere to go, nothing to eat but nectar, which will save. Beauty could also be used as a confidence boost for anyone who is...