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Piano By D. H. Lawrence

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Kristin Collins

on 6 February 2013

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Transcript of Piano By D. H. Lawrence

By D. H. Lawrence MAIN IDEA Internal Struggle Piano David Herbert Lawrence The main idea of this poem is that everyone has a past that is beloved and cherished. Everyone will at some point be targeted by someone or something that makes them long for their past, long to relive a time that was possibly better than that which they are living now. The speaker is struggling to stay firmly in his adulthood, while feeling the urge to allow himself back into his childhood. The words "insidious" (treacherous) and "betrays" are used, which both convey negative connotations. The speaker also says that he "weeps for the past." This has the effect of deriving empathy from the readers towards the speaker. It makes us sympathetic because we can relate to the feeling of yearning for what is in the past and cannot be regained. ~Tone: I would describe the tone of the poem as melancholic and nostalgic. The music of the piano is a conveys a sense of childhood magic that the speaker returns to when hearing the piano play.

~Imagery: Piano, vista (a mental view of a succession of remembered or anticipated events), winter, "cosy parlour"

~Onomatopoeia: the word "boom" is used to indicate the way a piano would sound to a young boy. This leads me to believe that the speaker is Lawrence himself, and this is a personal experience.

~Consonance: Line 3, "tingling strings"

~Enjambment: Some lines of the poem are not punctuated, creating an easier flow when reading. It makes the poem sound more whimsical, which to me intensifies the magical feeling of remembrance and nostalgia. The lines of this poem actually seem more like lyrics.

~Rhyme Scheme: AABB, CCDD, EEFF 9/11/1885 - 3/2/1930
He was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic, and painter.
His works often targeted issues relating to emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, love, and instinct.
The poem "Piano" was written in 1918 and published in 1923.
Piano means "softly" Kristin Collins poetic devices: PIANO
By D.H. Lawrence

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past. An Example of Meter
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings

And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings. u / / u / u / u / u u / u u / u u / u / u u / u / u u / u u / u u I believe this was said to be a trochaic meter. echoes the sound that a piano's strings might make
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