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Michael Ondaatje

Poetry RAT

Christina M

on 8 June 2011

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Michael Ondaatje "I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me."

-Michael Ondaatje One day I'll come swimming
beside your ship or someone will
and if you hear the siren
listen to it. For if you close your ears
only nothing happens. You will never change.

I don't care if you risk
your life to angry goalies
creatures with webbed feet.
You can enter their caves and castles
their glass laboratories. Just
don't be fooled by anyone but yourself.

This is the first lecture I've given you.
You're 'sweet sixteen' you said.
I'd rather be your closest friend
than your father. I'm not good at advice
you know that, but ride
the ceremonies
until they grow dark. To A Sad Daughter Culture 70's, 80's and 90's Social progressive values Family Life Books and Literature Education Entertainment Personal Experiences Immigration Sri Lanka War Analysis of Poem Themes Unselfish Love
Paternal Bonds
Taking Risks
Reminiscing Diction Belligerent
Yellow suburban annunciation
purple moods
purple/wild/wild world Allusions Casablanca
Creature from the Black Lagoon Personification "All night long the hockey pictures gaze down at you" Relevance to today All parents still feel the need to guide their children into the world and have to learn to let go
Taking risks is still a good message for not being afraid of change
In the contemporary world, you can only get ahead if you take risks
If you hold back it is hard to go far in life Critical Reviews "What Ondaatje seems to be suggesting is that familial relations impose boundaries and strictures on individuals that, for the sake of issues such as authority and even parental love, are hard to breach or bridge with moments of understanding."
- Bruce Meyer "Ondaatje uses documents, photographs, first person accounts, interviews, historical records, and blurs the boundaries between poetry and prose and fact and fiction in his work in an attempt to record the immediacy of experience, or the processes of recollecting experience. In this respect he forces the reader to reperceive reality, to assume an unusual angle of vision from which reality appears to be absurd, inchoate, dynamic, ambiguous, even surreal."
- Alice Van Wart Thank you
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