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On Children Presentation

English Presentation on "On Children" by Kahlil Gibran

Stacy C

on 24 March 2013

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On Children Theme Poetic Devices Pictures The theme of the poem "On Children" by Kahlil Gibran is stewardship. Stewardship is someone caring for something or taking care of it but it does not belong to them. In the poem "On Children" Kahlil is trying to tell us how parents cannot act like their children are their puppets. They will have the free will to do as they please and have a mind of their own. They are free to think for themselves. When Kahlil writes "children as living in the house of tomorrow" he is telling us how children are important to the future. Parents merely act as "guiding lights" for their children. Children have the will to act as who they are and not someone else, to lead their own life and not how there parents want them to. The child that comes from the parent is a gift from God but since they merely "come through you but from you" stating that the parents do not own them. In stewardship whatever that person is taking care of has the free will to do as they want as the person is only taking care of them. Therefore that is why the theme of the poem "On Children" is stewardship. The poetic devices that were used in the poem include: personification, alliteration, connotation, metaphor and enjambment; and each of these add significant ideas to the poem's message. The author used personification in line #5 to say that children are alive because of life alone. Alliteration was used for effect in the third line of stanza #3, in which connotation was incorporated. It shows how quickly children will become adults. In this way, the author emphasizes that the children will determine the fate of the world in the future or "the house of tomorrow". The entire fourth stanza was one metaphor explaining in length that children are born through their parents, not to their parents. The birth of each child fulfills "Life's longing for itself", as phrased earlier in line #5. Enjambment was used in the third last line to elaborate on why parents should enjoy being their children's parents, although they do not belong to them: they were also loved as children, and will always be loved as much as they love their own children. These devices connect the author's beliefs on children and to whom they belong - Life. -Occupation: Poet, Author, Journalist, and Illustrator Author- Kahlil Gibran By Isaac, Stacy, Ling, and Cello -Birth Date: January 06, 1883 -Death Date: April 10, 1931 -Place of Birth: Bsharri, Lebanon - His works express his deeply religious and mystical nature -Full Arabic Name: Gibran Khalil Gibran -was born into a Maronite Catholic family Biography -Priests visited him regularly and taught him the Bible and the Arabic languages as a result of his family's poverty -was an accomplished artist due to attending art school in Paris from 1908- 1910 -His life had an impact of the poem when his mother made him return to his homeland to absorb more of his heritage rather than just being attracted to the Western culture -He was able to do what he loved and got the opportunity to build on his talent -Many of his writings deal with Christianity and some are a merging of are different influences: Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism
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