In “Forgotten Planet” the speaker is reminded that knowledge erodes wonder. Through a series of events, the speaker discovers new destiny for his daughter, while he discovers knowledge waiting to be understood.
The first stanza focuses on introducing the reason for the flashback to occur. For example, in lines 1 and 2, the poem takes the reader straight into a conversation between the speaker and his daughter, and when she says, “Venus...Mars...Plunis!”, it causes the speaker to go into a flashback, starting on line 3. The speaker takes us back to a time when he was six or seven, where his dad woke him in the middle of the night to go see the meteor shower mentioned on their television. He also describes his surrounds, on lines 4-7, like saying, “We went down to the playground and lay on our backs on the concrete looking up for the meteors the tv said would shower.”
The second stanza focuses on the imagery details of the flash back. For example, in lines 9-11, he ...view middle of the document...
” this line shows how his imagination was very free and able to run wild, creating a point of interest for the reader that causes the reader to want to read on.
The third stanza focuses on bring the story back into the current time, and has the speaker think about his life now and his daughters future. For example, he says on line 14, “Now, knowledge erodes wonder.” this quote shows that he has came back from his flashback and sees how his life experiences have destroyed his curiosity. Then on lines 15 and 16, he says, “The niggling voce reminds me that the sun does shine on the dark side of the moon.” I think that the “niggling voce”, is referring to his daughter, and that he feels her ignorance is her greatest power because she is not eroded with knowledge. On line 17, he says, “My daughter’s ignorance is my bliss.” though he does say that her ignorance is his happiness, I think he means it in a good way, like he saying he is happy that she still ignorant enough that enough knowledge won't erode her opportunity to become an astronaut, if that is what she would want to do. I believe line 18 prove my theory, by saying, “Through her eyes I spy like a voyeur.” I think he was saying that he sees more than what is shown through her eyes, he sees greatness in her eyes.
The fourth stanza focuses on wrapping up the story and telling the reader what the speaker’s perfect moment would be. The speaker starts on by saying, “I travel in a rocket ship to the planet Plunis.” I think the speaker is beginning to daydream and this is the start of the dream. He continues on line 20 saying,”On Plunis I no longer long for the past.” thus showing that he feels like planet Plunis is sort of like heaven. Then another example of this is on lines 21, and he says, “On Plunis there are actual surprises.” this also shows him talking about it as if it was a heaven or some other magical place. The speaker ends on line 22 by saying, “On Plunis I am happy.” this simple proves that he really wants to go to Plunis, and that is a sort paradise heaven place to him.
In “Forgotten Planet” the speaker is of a dramatic moment in his child with his dad and him out on the ground looking at the stars. After analyzing his flashback, the speaker comes to the conclusion that knowledge erodes wonder.
Forgotten Planet by Dough Dorph