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Little Father

poem analysis
by

Sara Strehl

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Little Father

Little Father Li-Young Lee -Born in Djakarta, Indonesia in 1957 to Chinese political exiles.
-Both parents were from powerful Chinese families: Great grandfather was the first president of the Republic of China, and his father was a personal physician to Mao Tse-Tsung
-Lee family fled through Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan. After five years, they arrived in the United States in 1964 I buried my father
in the sky.
Since then, the birds
clean and comb him every morning
and pull the blanket up to his chin
every night.
I buried my father underground.
Since then, my ladders
only climb down,
and all the earth has become a house
whose rooms are the hours, whose doors
stand open at evening, receiving
guest after guest.
Sometimes I see past them
to the tables spread for a wedding feast.
I buried my father in my heart.
Now he grows in me, my strange son,
my little root who won’t drink milk,
little pale foot sunk in unheard-of night,
little clock spring newly wet
in the fire, little grape, parent to the future
wine, a son the fruit of his own son,
little father I ransom with my life. Theme/Message The theme demonstrates the three ways we
view death. Spiritual Physical Emotional Relationship/Love: Raising a child with love and care, so they can pass the love on. Feelings and Tone 1. Can feel the connection/relationship between the speaker and father. 2. Sadness and sorrow- missing of his father. 3. Slight joy- the start of his fatherhood. 1. Melancholy transitions into hopeful and spiritual. Diction and Syntax 1. The word "Little" 2. The word choice. -The author uses the words sky, underground and heart to make a connection with the theme.
-Sky can be related to the spiritual world
-Underground is related to the burial
-Heart is the emotional connection -Other words and phrases, which stuck out included:
-"little pale foot sunk in unheard-of night" (Possibly talking about a child)
-"little clock spring newly wet in the fire"
-"little grape, parent to the future wine" (Aging, cycle of life)
-"Now he grows in me, my strange son" (Another sign of a child) -Free Verse
-No rhyming scheme
-Three stanzas & three ways we view death
-Begins each stanza with "I buried my father..." Literary and Sound Techniques Repetition I buried my father in my heart.
Now he grows in me, my strange son,
my little root who won’t drink milk,
little pale foot sunk in unheard-of night,
little clock spring newly wet
in the fire, little grape, parent to the future
wine, a son the fruit of his own son,
little father I ransom with my life. Metaphor -"and all the earth has become a house
whose rooms are the hours"
-"little grape, parent to the future
wine"
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