This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Advice To My Son Essay

795 words - 3 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Advice to my Son

Ben Jonson, "Still to Be Neat", "On My First Son", and "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes"

977 words - 4 pages which also signifies the central theme, the comparison between art and lovers.This theme is that of human nature. A comparison is created between the secretive, passionate side of human nature and that of "adulteries of art". Both sides are shown in this poem for the reader in the description of art in lines 5-11.The next poem is called "On My First Son". It was written in memory his son who died on his seventh birthday of a plague in 1603. Even with

Comparing poems A Parental Ode to My Son Aged Three Years and Five Months, Catrin, and For Heidi With Blue Hair

4405 words - 18 pages Comparing poems A Parental Ode to My Son Aged Three Years and Five Months, Catrin, and For Heidi With Blue Hair 'A Parental Ode…' is a poem, which has been written about a son through his father's eyes. It is a poem emphasizing the beauty and virtues of his son, talking as if he is a creature of fantasy; though in reality the father's son is a mischievous child, getting into trouble, which is distracting the father from

My personal experience with a dream and advice of what you should do to accomplish a dream or goal

468 words - 2 pages Usually you will not realize that something went wrong until it hits you in the face. In other words, confidence may sometimes lead to disappointment. This does not mean you should not have any dreams or be confident that you are not a failure; I did have an incident in my life that this occurred. This was the two times when I dreamed, and was confident that I will get into the best schools. This was not the same as the incidents that happened

The Emotions of a Father For a Son

894 words - 4 pages about bombs and threats of life. Unimaginable deaths are also discussed in order to keep the poem real. According to my personal opinion, the father is trying his best to give a sound advice to his son. He is guiding about a balance in his life. The decision making process is not easy but the father is guiding about decision-making process. He is making his son aware of the unaware consequences. The best outcome is always unseen but father

"Bittersweet."

1232 words - 5 pages essay bade on -Advice to my son" by Peter Meinke, Winter Sundays" , Robert Hayden ,Reunion written by John Cheever papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke,"The Road " by Linda Ching sledge Bittersweet Parent child relationships can be viewed as bittersweet. There are many different types of parent - child relationships; some are good, bad and some are both. I believe that the parent and the child are affected

Thicker then water

1200 words - 5 pages on “So by my former lecture and advice Shall you my son….Observe his inclination in yourself…And let him ply his music.”(2.1.67-73) It is understandable from a parent/guardian stand point Polonius intention of trying to be over protective of his son and make sure he is on track but this maybe be taking it a little bit too far by spying. This scene merely shows that Polonius cannot trust his son in France. At the very end of the play one can

Good Advice

1308 words - 5 pages the subject very interesting. I realized that there are many requirements for good advice. Looking back on my paper, I realized that I made one point about good advice, which was the only point that I really looked at. This point was how I viewed good advice at that time. I think advice is good when it lets me approach something by myself, so that I, as an individual, can grow with what I learn from it. As apposed to forcing some orders upon me

The Power of Motherhood

1812 words - 8 pages advice until I became pregnant with my son. The gut wrenching feeling I got in the pit of my stomach when I saw the plus sign on the pregnancy test meant that things were going to change fast. Over the course of the next couple months, I found myself contemplating how I was going to cope with this huge responsibility. Many of my friends who have had children still work the same dead end job, stopped going to school, and were always complaining about

"M" Magazine: Not Appropriate for Teenagers

940 words - 4 pages , books, or friends. Teens that get advice from alternative methods get the “romantic” perception about sex without the negative consequences of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. (Berk 210) As a parent I would not allow my child to read this magazine. I am a younger mother I am 29 and my son will be nine this year and fortunately he could care less about looking like someone else. My son has been raised in a Christian home and I don't

The Process by Which Elders Give Advice to Minors About Dating

1200 words - 5 pages differentiation between males and females. In my culture as in many others, men are viewed as the stronger sex and are viewed as having unbreakable hearts. Young men are not lectured by their mothers the way they lecture their daughters. In our culture, just because the boys do not get pregnant, there is not a heavy shadow of surveillance over them. There is a more permissive attitude with regard to boys dating. Most of the advice given

Good Advice is Hard to Find

685 words - 3 pages Good Advice is Hard to Find Advice is something that is very important in my life and in the life of most others. It allows us to ask another person their feelings and experiences about certain situations they have encountered in his/hers lifetime and then attempt use that information to help yourself. Good advice however is hard to come by. My dad has many stories that begin with, “Well when I was your age…” This is an example of bad

Similar Essays

To My Son Much Advice Essay

788 words - 3 pages I am 32 years old my son is now two, his birthdays is only six days after mine. Only because he was late, his should have been the same as mine. He looks so much like me, my hair my eyes. But he has a lot of his mother to. When I think about the poem Advice to my son, I feel that some parts are what I would say to my boy. The poem is based on the year 1932 so the times are changed. But giving smart advice to your children always stays the same

Untitled And Advice To My Son, By Peter Meinke

1457 words - 6 pages It is often common to have an author or the writer of a certain poem write about similar topics and also reflect the same stylistic characters among his or her poems. In Peter Meinke’s two poems, titled Untitled and Advice to my son, he created them both using a specific tone and the same subject to create different themes. Both of these poems also included some of the important elements of poetry. Peter’s poem Untitled is about a father

Letter To My Son By Lord Chesterfield

1863 words - 7 pages trying to prove to his son that he is not dictating because he is the father, but just giving advice on what is to be done. He tells his son, “let my experience supply your want”( (Chesterfield 262). He wants him to believe that he wants the best for him, and that is why he is writing the letter to him. In the last paragraphs of his letter, he tells his son that he must use the education he has received to become a better, and independent person

Developmental Milestones Of My Only Son, Mausa, From Birth To Six Years Old

724 words - 3 pages they can meet their full potential. In this essay, firstly, it will describe the physical characteristics, mannerism and social competence of Mausa. Secondly, milestones exhibited by Mausa from birth-6 years old, also his behaviour and developmental age. Thirdly, it will discuss my role as a caregiver, as well as a mother to my son in promoting his development. In Addition, it will formulate an overall opinion of Mausa, his strengths and weaknesses