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A Poem for my Sister

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Gian Clerici

on 20 May 2014

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Transcript of A Poem for my Sister

Structure
This poem is composed by:
- Three Stanzas
1st stanza composed by eight lines
2nd stanza composed by seven lines
3rd stanza composed by nine lines
-The poem has no structure at all, making it a free verse poem.
-No rhyming whatsoever

A Poem For My Sister
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Written by Liz lochhead
Diction Analysis part 1
This poem starts out with a very joyful mood, full of movement and happiness, this can be observed by the choice of words in this sentences, for example: “likes”, “strut”, “admire” and “perfectly”. This opening sentences make the little sister sound like an innocent little model, enjoying herself with hopeful dreams. However when you continue reading, immediately you smash against the but on the next line. This but, with the adjoining “wobbles” instantly destroys the image of the flawless moment. In the last two lines of this free verse stanza, the author strengthens this negative feeling by using the word “hard” in relation to the correct balancing of high heels, hinting that not everything is so easy.
Diction Analysis part 2
If we then proceed to the third stanza we can see that it is laden with negative words, all of them related to high heels and the effect they have on the author’s feet, this can all be plainly seen in “warn my little sister
about unsuitable shoes” “my own distorted feet, the callouses,
odd patches of hard skin.” The author here is using her high heels as a metaphor for her choices in life, and her feet to represent these choices effects on her. As we can clearly observe the author seems to despise the choices she took and their inevitable effects shown in her distorted, calloused feet. She is trying to warn her little sister against taking a path in life that could have potentially bad or negative consequences, especially considering her sister’s age, (12) which is
the age children stop being children and start becoming teens, and in when they start to think and act independently to what adults may want them to.



A Poem for my Sister
My little sister likes to try my shoes,
to strut in them,
admire her spindle-thin twelve-year-old legs
in this season's styles.
She says they fit her perfectly,
but wobbles
on their high heels, they're
hard to balance.

I like to watch my little sister
playing hopscotch,
admire the neat hops-and-skips of her,
their quick peck,
never-missing their mark, not
over-stepping the line.
She is competent at peever.

I try to warn my little sister
about unsuitable shoes,
point out my own distorted feet, the callouses,
odd patches of hard skin.
I should not like to see her
in my shoes.
I wish she could stay
sure footed,
sensibly shod.

The Voice
The voice is the elder sister of the little sister referred to in the poem.
The point of view is 1st person. This can be confirmed by the use of "I" by the narrator.
Analysis By Gian Clerici
Warning! Extremely long bit of text coming up, just hear me talk if you don't feel like reading it.
Diction Analysis part 3
When we then analyze the second stanza we get the image of her little sister playing a game. However, it has a hidden meaning. “I like to watch my little sister playing hopscotch” the author likes to see her sister playing hopscotch because it is a game that requires the players to step inside the line, because if they overstep the line, they lose. The author finds this to her liking because she does not want her little sister to overstep the limits she has placed on her. This is confirmed again in the next sentences: “never-missing their mark, not
over-stepping the line.” The author does not wish her sister to overstep the line, but fears it will happen soon, considering her age and the choice of shoes, the high heels, which are used when going to parties and similar occasions.

Themes
The themes in this poem are :

-Growing up
-Choices
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