Laura Tong 8A Poem Appreciation Essay, Growing Up by Michelle Williams
Growing up by Michelle Williams is a poem about the hard years of teenage life.
Her poems covers the types of both physical and emotional pain teenagers have to
go through. I personally enjoyed this poem because it describes many problems
that I am going through as a teenager and that makes me feel like the poet
understands me well.
Pain is a constant theme in the poem. Williams used effective language
to highlight the emotional pain that teenagers go through " Those days when our
nerves feel/scrunched/against our hearts, and our hearts/are mashed into our
stomachs." These lines are exactly what I often feel right now in my teenage
Uncertainty is another predominant theme in the poem. Williams uses alliteration
to describe the uncertainty and sensitivity teenagers feel. " Every well meaning
comment/is caressed with feelers". She also uses two words in the last stanza
“sure" and " unsure" to highlight teenagers feeling of certain and uncertain at the
The language in this poem very effectively created the mood and theme. 1.
Imagery is being used frequently to create images in the readers mind. " Straining
thinly against out bones/And setting our elbows at war/with our ribs". 2. Williams
used "we" or " our" in the poem and never used "I" or "me", and that made me feel
that the poet isn't excluding the readers of the poem, but she understands them
very well. 3. There was no rhyming in the poem and that made the poem sound like
the words really came out of the poets mind with emotion instead of just making it
I enjoyed “Growing Up” for one reason. It effectively reflected the hard times I am
going through right now. This poem made me feel I am not the only one who is
unfortunate and going through adolescence, but...
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