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An Ancient Gesture Poetry Analysis
Transcript of An Ancient Gesture Poetry Analysis
Died: October 19, 1950, Austerlitz
Education: Vassar College
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Frost Medal
Some Books And Poems: In other words... She cries into her apron, an old gesture a friend used to do.
She is reminded of the hardships her lonely friend faced.
She thinks of how long this gesture has been used.
And is reminded of someone she loves, and misses. Understanding the speaker Structure There are 2 stanzas, comparing different thoughts. In the first stanza the narrator is thinking about her lost friend Penelope and her husband, and that she needs to relax. In the second stanza the narrator reminds herself of an ancient gesture. The speaker appears to be a woman who is feeling grief for a lost friend or relative named Penelope, and a lost husband. The speaker also seems to be feeling tired, and that she just needs to relax and not be so hard on herself. The mood of the poem is: Sensitive, affectionate, sympathetic, and alone
Repetition: I thought, as i wiped my eyes on the corner of my apron
Narrative: tells of Penelope and the speakers husband
Diction: Weaving, undoing, gesture, antique, authentic, ancient
Symbolism: The apron resembles an ancient gesture
Imagery: You can see that narrator wiping her eyes on her apron, and crying. The Author acts in a timely fashion in her grief for Penelope. Theme of An Ancient Gesture The theme of this poem is remembrance. Certain gestures can remind you of someone, and your grief for them, but you have to let go, move on.
The message of the poem is that you can't let grief hold you back, you can move on without forgetting someone. Poetic Devices