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My parents

English Presentation 2010 Mr Collins

josefina bendersky

on 1 October 2010

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MY PARENTS Themes Parental Influence Social Segregation His parents taught him to saty away from the lower class kids even though he wanted to play with them His parents taught him to stay away from the lower class children, even though he wanted to be part of their group. Social Segregation in the society the narrator lived, there was a big separation between the social clases, and that is the basic of the poem. Discrimination Heidi with blue hair In this poem, she is discriminated because of a physical aspect, whereas in My Parents, the discrimination is because of a social status. Both are caused because of the problems in society, and not by specific people- Heidi:
the girl's dad is dealing against society with his daughter, and both are 'fighting' against it together My Parents:
The parents of the narrator are the ones that taught him how to discriminate others, but he never learns WHY. My parents kept me from children who were rough
and who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes.
Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street
And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams.

I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron
And their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms.
I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys
Who copied my lisp behind me on the road.

They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges
Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud
And I looked another way, pretending to smile,
I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled. Voice 1st voice narrative Follower One Art Childhood His own feelings and what he thinks What he sees, describing his sorrowndings; other people, not himself He Describes On My parents
They shouted at him, probably bullying him, and, just like stones, their words were hurtful. Similie connotates rough and strong vocabulary that they used They could not afford their own clothes. They had the freedom that the narrator wants and envies.
Lack of parental supervition Similie "muscles like iron": 'iron'-cold and hard; represents the fear of the narrator of being hit by the strong boys physicaly traped --> socially traped the way the boys pointed and and imitated him, scared and intimidated the narrator there wasn't real happiness since he PRETENDED to smile, and they NEVER smiled back. In HEIDI WITH BLUE HAIR the dad fights with her againts society, while in my parents, the narrators parents represent the society. My parents kept me from children who were rough
Who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes.
Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street
And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams.
CEASURA: the structure emphazises contrast on two ideas:
1-What he is taght (to look down at the lower class)
2-what he thinks (admiration and jealousy for their freedom and their fearless personalities) The Poet Stephen Spender His work was usually about social injustice,
and the struggle of lower social classes Historical context Stephen Spender lived in the United Kingdom
in a time when the difference between social
classes was vey big, and that would be the
main reason for the theme of his poems. Stephen spender also had Hebrew origins, and this
can be seen by how he uses poetry to cause a
social change, just as it was used by biblical prophets
in the past. General Specific MOOD Setting The setting is mainly in the streets of a city,
where different social classes interact with each other. In this poem the upper class boy is
being rejected and bothered by the
lower class boys because he is different. Atmosphere In this poem there is the idea of an isolation of the upper
class, because the boy from this class is rejected by the
rest. There is also the idea of fear becuse even though he wishes to be like them he is scared of them for what they do to him. Change The poem changes importantly between stansas.
In the first stansa it describes how this lower class kids
were, and what they did, but diffrently in the second
stansa it talks about what they did to him and how he
felt about them.

Later on in the third stansa he talks about how he
wanted to be friend with the other kids, but couldn't In this poem there is also a change in mood. In the
first stansa we are shown the harsh life of poor people,
and we fell pity, but in the second stansa this pity switches
to the boy because we see how he is constanly bothered
by the rest. In the third stansa as we see the impossibility
of friendship between classes we see the isolation caused
by the way society works. BY : DANTE PESCE
JOSEFINA BENDERSKY THE END :) like in My Parents he maily describes other people and not himself, in this case he describes his father, while in My Parents he describes the low class boys. Purpose The purpose of this poem is to protest against the separation between social classes at that time, and it shows how even though the middle class boy wanted the same as everyone else, he was rejected solely for the social class he belonged to. This poem also shows how the cause isn't the individual persons, but society, which has divided people into classes, and also of the way people are taught from a very young age that they cannot relate with people that are different to them. In this poem its the parents who taught him to stay away from this kids because they were poor. Effectiveness We think this poem is effective because it clarly shows the way society used to work, and it also shows us this personal situation of the boy which is unable to make friends because of social segregation. Personal Opinion In our opinion this is a good poem because it is able to describe clearly the truth of that times society by using as an example the life of a middle class boy which tries to be friends with some lower class boys. "Like dogs to bark at my world" Here he describes them as dogs, which gives the idea that they are agressive and dangerous, which shows his fear, but the fact that he talks of them as dogs also shows that he looks down on them like if they were stray dogs, unpleasand. Also the fact that he says "my world" and not him means that they arent particularly against him, but that they are against the world he is part of. Similie They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges
Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud
And I looked another way, pretending to smile,
I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled. CEASURA: the separation of the structure of this stansa emphasises the separation of two ideas
1-The fact that their conflict was caused by society, and how they had something against his social class and not him.
2-How he "longed to forgive them but they never smiled." which shows that he tries to break the barrier separating them, but he fails because both the low class boys and society are against this. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a painter and also a poet, which could explain why Stephen Spender became not only a poet, but also a novelist and an essayist. In 1965 he became the Poet Laureate of the United States, which meant he was the official poet of the nation, which duty is to further interest citizens in the reading and writing of poetry.
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