top-rated free essay

Black Lace Fan

By sallyh1 Dec 11, 2010 621 Words
The black lace fan my mother gave me

“The black lace fan my mother gave me” written by Eavan Bolland is about a love affair that a couple had in prewar Paris. The poem suggests that there are always going to be problems in a relationship, but those problems could bring joyful memories.

The title gives us the clue that the object is important or has a meaning to it since it is given as a gift. The poet described in the title that the gift was a black lace fan. The object could symbolize many things; the lace fan could suggest that the woman is elegant and beautiful. However, the black could symbolize the mysterious relationship. The fan could also represent the desire which could state the man's feelings for the woman.

In the first stanza, “it was the first gift he ever gave her” (line 1), it states that the fan was the first thing the mother ever received from the man and it was an expression of the love. A first gift usually has an important value behind it, and because the mother is passing down the fan it has greater values. It shows the gift was bought for a special person. When we are told that he bought the fan for five francs during prewar Paris, which would have been a great deal of money back in the time. However, in line 4-5 “It was stifling. /A starless drought made the nights stormy.” The tension in the poem increased because the poet indicated that it was stifling which had a suffocated feeling to it, also the use of weather imagery shows us that the mood of the poem could have changed with it being a dark and dull.

From line 6-9 “she was always early. He was late. That evening he was later. They wrapped the fan. He looked at his watch. She looked down the boulevard des Capucines.” The speaker is indicating that there are some problems in the relationship that could be that their secretly see each other. When the speaker is saying that the mother was early and the gentleman was late could have been that they didn’t want other people to see them together. Also from line 11, “The heat was killing” the poet use personification saying that the heat was killing meaning that the suspense of waiting is killing her.

In the fourth stanza line 13-14 “these are wild roses, appliquéd on silk by hand, darkly picked, snitched boldly, quickly.” It is a comparison of their relationship being fragile and delicate, yet wild and excite. The poet is purposely evasive line 23-24 “and no way now to know what happened then none at all - unless, of course you improvise:” not know what happen after that night the speaker is saying that only the mother and the gentleman will only know. In the last line of the poem line 27-28 “suddenly she puts out her wing – the whole flirtatious span of it.” means that she pulled out the fan that was given as a gift, after she gave the man the desire that it represented.

The theme of the poem is about the relationship between a man and a woman because of one’s desire. My overally judgment on the poem is that even if we are not in a lasting relationship with someone they can always bring us happiness and create many memories for us. I think that the use of word in the poem really express what the mother could had felt, and the author word really made the mood felt well with the situation. Therefore the poem was really convincing and interesting.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me

    ...Practice Commentary: The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me Eavan Bolland’s “The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me” from her book, “Outside History” (1990) gives readers the first impression that the poem is about the value of a fan that has been passed down to her. However, based on the title, the term “black lace” raises a sense ...

    Read More
  • The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me Analysis

    ...The title of the poem, “The black lace fan my mother gave me”, already suggests that the narrator had received a specific fan from her mother. It shows their relationship and the possible importance of the fan in the relationship. The lace fan suggests a particular aura of elegance and probably extremely feminine values. The fact that it...

    Read More
  • black psychology

    ... Chapter 2: Anti-Gay Stereotypes by Richard D. Mohr Raven Tyler Black psychology M/F 11:00-12:20 Abstract In this article Anti-Gay stereotype gives an in-dept. look at the various issues that homosexual men and women encounter on a daily basis. It emphasizes on the ignorance of homosexual stereotypes and how these numerous misconc...

    Read More
  • Black

    ... Most all of us have heard “first impressions are important.” This session challenged you to think about first impressions so that we can create inclusive change together. After attending the session, what did you discover about the influence of first impressions? Discuss how first impressions have affected your relationships with others...

    Read More
  • black

    ... Amyria Neal Career Journal Pd. 5 4/8/14 Amyria Neal Pd. 5 4/8/2014 CARDIOVASCULAR NURSE Education and Training/ Certification According to All Nursing Schools, a nurse-practitioner must complete a registered nursing program followed by at least 2 more years of schooling to get a master's degree. Once you have your Mas...

    Read More
  • super ceilling fan [ 2 fans]

    ...In awareness campaigns, policy makers and other interested groups aim for behavioral changes based on new social norms and attitudes towards water use. Water preservation and reading campaign combined The Water Awareness Campaign, UNDP/Palestinian Water Authorities (Palestine territories) joined efforts with a reading campaign of the Tam...

    Read More
  • Death Fan

    ...Fan death is a widely held belief in South Korea that an electric fan left running overnight in a closed room can cause the death of those sleeping inside. All fans sold in South Korea come with an automatic timer that turns the fan off after a certain number of minutes.[1] ------------------------------------------------- Origins of be...

    Read More
  • Fans in Sports

    ...Fans In Sports Introduction It is obvious that everyone is revolved around sports in this world. Weather they play sports or watch them, sports is in everyone's life. No matter who you are or where you are, there are sports all over. Since the impact that sports has on people is so high, there are fans all over the world. There are so many d...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.