Poetry

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"If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry" (Emily Dickinson). Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. Poetry is the style of writing which sometimes has a unclear or secret theme. Poetry is often used to express or describe personal feeling or emotions.

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden- Robert Hayden is the speaker in this poem. He talks as the son to the father. This poem talks about the love of son to the father, who would wake up early on Sundays, even though Sunday is a “rest” day. The father would go out, clean the snow around the house, warm the house up, and make sure the shoes are polished as well. Robert Hayden describes the appreciation from the son, but later on in life, when the son actually understands what his father was doing for him and how much he loved him.

On My First Son by Ben Jonson- Ben Jonson is a speaker in this poem. The poem addresses the death of a boy. Jonson blames himself for his los, arguing that he hoped too much for his son, who was only on loan to him because he originally belongs to God. However, when the boy was seven years old, it was the time for him to be returned.

The Youngest Daughter by Cathy Song- Cathy Song talks about a youngest daughter who has stayed at home to look after her elderly mother. The daughter looks at how much her mother's body has decayed with age, and realizes that her own body is beginning to go the same way. However, she feels upset that her mom’s is getting old, so she shows her appreciation and stays with her at her old ages. The beauty is very important to the women, and the fact that they were getting old upsets both of them.
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