How Is Sympathy Provoked In ‘Piano’ And ‘Crabbit Old Woman’?

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In the two poems Crabbit Old Woman and Piano, both the writers use language to provoke sympathy towards a person and their situation by using the present and the past tense to build up emotions.

In the poem Piano, Lawrence introduces us to his childhood using a piano. He describes to us what his childhood memories used to be like with his mother, and what comfort he used to have in her presence. The first two lines of each of the three stanzas are all in present tense and the rhyme scheme is rhyming cuplets.

The pianos musical sounds bring him back into his childhood years. As a young child, he used to sit under the piano just beneath the vibrating strings, while his mother sang and smiled. His mother probably smiled because of the way he pressed her “small, poised feet”. In addition, his mother seems much more elegant and sophisticated because of her “poised feet”. In addition, the fact that it feels like he is mourning about his mother, and knows the truth that he is never going to see her again, and probably is the biggest reason why he weeps.

His childhood memory comes unexpectedly into his new life by astonishment. The memorable tune made him have no choice but to remember the past, “In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song” and “betrays me back”. These quotations are best examples, as they give an impression that he does not want to go into the memory and offers a slight feeling of self-disgust.

In my opinion, the poem provokes sympathy because it has been written autobiographically. This sets a more outlined image in our heads, since the poet is writing from his point of view, and his childhood and his encounter of this problem. Also the fact that the strong emotional words that have been used to describe his feelings, “in spite of myself”. In addition the poet uses the word “weep” all the way through the poem, this suggests that weep is a much more strong and emotive word than ‘cry’.

The way that his manhood is cast down is because it was in the Victorian times, men were not meant to show any emotion. In the poem, it says “I weep like a child for the past” indicates that there is a sense of great emotional pain from this thought.

Throughout the poem, there is great tension, but inching towards the end the tension releases and becomes a bit softer. This shows that he is trying to get rid of the memory, but soon gives in and weeps of the weakness in his heart.

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