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Poetry Analysis(To My Son)

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Lauren Kane

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Poetry Analysis(To My Son)

To My Son
BY:Helen Fogwill Porter Poem:
When you were small
you used to climb
in our bed
when lightning ripped the sky.
We’d hold you tight
between us
While your father said:
“That storm is miles away”
a second before the room
was lit
with fearsome light.
Now when lightning strikes
you stay in your own
narrow bed
trying to think of other safer things
and we in our bed
sigh separate sighs
because we no longer know how
to comfort you. Concept & Theme:
The concept of the poem is about growing up and becoming more independent. As it says in the text "Now when lightning strikes, you stay in your own narrow bed."(Porter,213) This shows that the boy has grown up and no longer needs comforting. Poetic Devices:
Alliteration-"Sigh separate sighs"
Personification- " When lightning ripped the sky"
Imagery- "A second before the room was lit, with fearsome light"
Metaphor- "When lighting ripped the sky"
Tone- the way the poem is written the poem has a mellow and calm quality.
Mood- The mood of the poem is relaxing and peaceful
Irony- Implicitly, the author shows irony because in the beginning of the poem, the parents are comforting the child and near the need of the poem the parents need the comforting. This is because the child has grown and does not need it(comfort) anymore.
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