]/Prev 308627>> The mother gave up hope in her son and could only pray that he would come to his senses.In both poems we see where there is some mentorship that happens especially between man and boy.Both personas play important roles in their child’s development although they do not always turn out how is expected. Poetic devices in Leopold Senghor’s poem“Black Woman” include repetition, extended metaphor, personification, simile, imagery, caesura, and allusion. They are conforming or trying to fit, to a preconceived mold that is set up by societal expectations. 0000161304 00000 n This leads the mother to have to try to raise the son as a single parent as best she can. 0000115702 00000 n One device used in “Once Upon a Time” is a metaphor. 162 72 Such signs made her know That she was not alone in her body. The father takes on the role of informing his son about the changes in society. 0000007765 00000 n 0000017127 00000 n She now can only pray and hope for her son as he runs with bad company, but will still always remain there as a parental confidant should he change his ways. The poet compares people’s faces to smiles in a portrait. 0000111060 00000 n This metaphor supported the theme of Loss Of Innocence as it shows how the son has grown up and turned to a life of crime instead of staying on the path that his mother had laid out for him. 0000006378 00000 n 1: Both parents have different relations with the children in each poem. It is also employed that those are read for the employer. We see this when the poem says “She raise him twice, once as mother then as father…” But it see she was not enough so her son found himself a father figure who his mother does not seem to approve of but never-the-less she did noting and supported his decisions and prayed for him and said psalms for him. Part A Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The mother and Judas’ mother are in the same shoes, because they have to just sit back and watch as their sons ruin their lives and they can’t do anything about it. Her son was first made known to her as a sense of unease, a need to cry for little reasons and a metallic tide rising in her mouth each morning. This also allows the reader to understand that because they “used to” means that this form of pure greeting is rare in modern times which then highlights the theme chosen. Poetic devices are often used to highlight and enhance major themes in a poem, in poems “Once Upon A Time” by Gabriel Okara and “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” by Lorna Goodison can attest to this. The poetic device found in Lorna Goodison’s poem is irony. In”The Woman speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son”one poetic device used is a metaphor in line 32 “for the day he draw his bloody salary”. He wants his son to teach him what it is like to be normal again because what is becoming the norm is very worrying to him. Read this useful list of other common rhetorical devices and boost your rhetoric! 0000008649 00000 n A) The mother is overwhelmed by what her son is doing and is disappointed in him, because it could be classified as a sinful act, where the mother feels betrayed, just like how Judas’ mother felt. It has proven to be a major factor in a child’s development. PART A I will be comparing the roles that both these parents have in their children’s lives. This brings out the theme changes in society because of how things are nowyou cant trust people so you have to be be fake so you dont allow them to use and trick you. “Moon marked and touched by sun/ my magic is unwritten”. In the poem, ” Once Upon A Time, ” the poetic device of simile is used effectively to draw out many theme in the poem. With making reference to these biblical stories, further emphasizes the theme of Death, as all these characters have died because of all the wrong things they have done and they have paid the price. Poetic devices are a form of literary devices used in poems. %%EOF 0000150324 00000 n In “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” by Lorna Goodison, before the child was grown, she educated him, and served as the boy’s father and mother, as his father abandoned them. Poetic devices can be simply referred to as a form of literary devices which are used in poetry. Gravity. In her poem „Phenomenal woman” Angelou speaks as a self-confident woman, she wants to show the world what makes her beautiful and she expresses it in a various way. We'll ask some follow-up questions. The father in “Once Upon A Time” seeks to educate his son whereas the mother in “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” tries at first to nurture and care for her son, before eventually becoming resigned to what fate seems to throw at her. 0000035469 00000 n 0000001736 00000 n Poetry or poems are the creation of poetic devices. B. For example, Margaret Atwood utilizes figures of speech in her poem “you fit into me” as a means of achieving poetic meaning and creating a vivid picture for the reader. xref An example of this can be found in lines 20-21- “wear many faces like dresses,” similarly to how a woman would change her dress to fit into a particular audience or abide by a particular standard. In the poem it was shown that the mother raised her child two times both as a mother and a father. PLAY. A. Learn & Explore Assign. In the story “Once Upon A Time ” the father of a young boy implores to his son about the world and how it has changed,he expresses to his son that’s people have lost the emotion and are simply non genuine.He also states that he himself has learned how be non genuine and as a result lost his way.The father then implores his son to keep what he has lost and to show him how to be genuine .However in the poem “Once Upon A Time” the mother shows the lengths that parents tend to go through for their child/children’s safe continuation in early life . We also see the major theme love being displayed in the poem and helps to bring out the effectiveness of the poetic device simile we see the theme love being shown in the poem in the case of a mothers love for her child and wanting the best for him and believing in him that he would become successful and make something out of his self, as her son is her only child and she is a single parent she had to grow and nuture her son 2 times as a father and mother so she knew the struggle that she had to go through so she did not set any barrier on what he wanted to be and become. jrector739. 0000004480 00000 n Lana Del Rey's poetic pop has graced radios around the world since 2012. ~IRONY,(lines 22-24) “,that you value him so much you give him one whole submachine gun for him alone.”The irony in this situation is that if u really value or care for someone you wouldn’t give them something to endanger their life. Throughout both these examples, the them dishonesty is placed in the spotlight as it encompasses telling a lie, in the sense that he is lying about his true feelings, which are dishonest. In the poem “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” the biblical allusion of Judas Iscariot, the thief on the left hand side of Jesus’ cross and Absalom effectively highlights the theme of growing a child as a single parent and the path impending of doom the family has chosen. Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice! In the poem Once Upon a Time we see Simile being used in stanza 4 compares people faces to smiles in a portrait because if you think about a portrait it is usually very formal and stiff even to the point where it looks uncomfortable therefore the implications is that the smiles are actually fake and stiff they are conforming or trying to fit to a preconceived mold that is set up by societal expectations it also in stanza 6 compares the personas laugh to a snake because when people think of a snake words such as sneaky and deceitful comes to mind therefore the implications that the people were just false in general. This week’s Poetry Pairing, matches Lady Mary Chudleigh’s 17th-century poem “To the Ladies” with a 21st-century Opinion piece about marriage and the role of women by Stephanie Coontz. 0000003137 00000 n Answers (1) Nuvia 22 November, 02:21. One such simile is seen where the poem states “I have learned to wear many faces like dresses”, this simile compares how the speaker instead of being sincere/real he chose to be insincere by wearing faces like a piece of clothing to fit in whatever situation he is in. In the poems “Once Upon A Time” and “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” the speaking personas both have a parental role to the child personas. Lines 12-16, “He had no father./ The man she had made him with had more/ like him, he was fair-minded/ he treated all his children/ with equal and unbiased indifference.” This is sarcastic because at first she seems to be praising the father as if she is about to compliment him, but then she drops down the gauntlet and shows the world the father’s true qualities which is that of a neglectful father who cares nothing for his children. 0000015728 00000 n 0000000016 00000 n We see this where the poem states “they used to laugh with their hearts with their eyes; but now the only laugh with their teeth while their ice-block-cold eyes search behind my shadow.” The father informs his son about this in hopes that he can avoid losing his sincerity in doing those things. In the latter half of the poem it was stated that he got a father figure in his life even with his mom not liking it. 0000115243 00000 n Like wearing dresses, for it to be a complete outfit, their needs to be accessories that makes the dress become a wow factor. If you think about a portrait, it is usually very formal and stiff, even uncomfortable. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Terms in this set (12) Alliteration. Additionally, through the effectiveness of the tone, the theme- dishonesty is revealed, which is the basis of the poem that the speaker revolves around, where he talks about how people put on “faces like dresses” and hide what they are actually feeling or thinking. 0000014402 00000 n Hope for life to Reality in the sense that although he might look fine on the outside but in reality he doesn’t like to be in genuine to people which is also ironic because he is complaining about people being fake and he is doing the same. This highlights the theme of Appearance Vs. In this poem the ‘black cloth’ symbolises the son’s death and how she is preparing for his funeral.This highlights the major theme the Death in the poem. Dec. 30, 2020. The poem “ The Woman speaks to the Man who employed her son” speaks about a persona in the poem that is telling astory of a mother who loved her son and raised him as a single mother and sacrificed so much and hoped he would come out to something better than her. It works the same when using different faces, their needs to be a “conforming simile” that accentuates each of them and makes them even more believable. This sentence signified his overall turn from being that of a loving and wholehearted individual to one of the many people in his society. She prepares for her son’s death by going downtown to buy funeral apparel. Some examples of this are: Lines 20-21 where he emphasizes the constant changes of his face. In the poem, ” The Woman Speaks to the Man who Employed her Son, ” the poetic device of symbolism is used to convey the overall idea of the poem. Walker says that this poem was written for her mother, who is an important woman in her life. Any music can be simple or complex, shallow or deep, but these famous pop songs draw in elements of writing that make their lyrics positively poetic. She felt as if the only thing she could ho is pray. She placed all her hopes in the child hoping he could become something of worth. Within Okara’s poem, the simile “I have learnt to wear many faces like dresses” within lines 20-21 seeks to indicate the persona switches their face to fit an occasion just as how a lady would change their attire based on the occasion, thus allowing readers to infer that the persona fakes their personality as a way of fitting in with those around him, this depicts the dishonesty of individuals within the poem. She also had to play the role of the father as seen in line 18 and 17: ” She raised him twice, once as a mother then as a father”. Part B She was also fighting for the women, she wanted women to have the same rights as men. Throughout the poem he tells his son that he wants to learn how to laugh and smile again withought being fake about it he wants it to be genuine.Due to his son being young and not understanding he is still able to laugh and smile and thats what his father wishes to gain and also wishes for his son to stay on that path.In the woman speaks to the man who employed her son we see a mother in distress as she speaks to her son’s employer(A Gunman).We sees the mothers failure of raising her child as a single parent.She wanted him to become a doctor or a lawyer yet his employer led him a stray. However she is unable tondo this and the sun strays down the dodgy path. Mood is the general feeling the writer wants the audience to have. 0000016291 00000 n Representation of ideas through a certain form (character, event, etc.). This is evidently seen in lines 30-31, when she ventured out to purchase “black cloth,” and “a deep crowned and veiled hat” signifies that she is prepared for the day she gets the news that her son had died. “They used to shake hands with their hearts”. 0000110995 00000 n on the unfortunate circumstances of her life as a single parent. The poems “Once Upon a Time” and “The Woman speaks to the man who has employed her son” both show important aspects of this job called parenting. 0000150748 00000 n In the poems “Once Upon a Time” and “The Woman speaks to the man who employed her son” Parental influence is the key ingredient in any healthy family relationship. 0000182650 00000 n In “Once Upon A Time” the parent tells his/her son of society and how people used to be sincere but now are superficial and how he/she has learned to be like that. Blog. Created by. The mother is very angry with her son because she tried and tried very hard, but it did not accumulate to anything acceptable as she herself knows that the day will come very shortly when her son has to pay the price and will die, just like the rest. The father is currently parenting the child before he has grown, also making him his son’s current influence. 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This can be evidently found in line 24- “like a fixed portrait smile,” that tells the readers that the father puts on these fixed, defined faces as a disguise to hide whatever he thinks, and practically says to the individual that he is his friend and whatever the individual says or does, he’s onboard with it. 0000006887 00000 n This is evident when the son tells his mother that his boss cares for him and values him so he gives him a gun. The mother’s role to her sone is to raise him with unlimited potential amidst the evil of the world and to help her son to renounce his evils. Compare the role of the speaking personas (in the lives of the child personas) in EACH poem. PART B Of all the poetic devices, rhyme is far and away my favorite - call it a product of a being a hip hop fan maybe. The father in essence is trying to keep his son from following the same path as he did. 0000012229 00000 n This device highlights the theme Family Relation in the poem. Practice Answer a few questions on each word. In the first mentioned poem the speaking persona is talking to his son about how cruel and dark the world has become. 2. If she hears a man calling her she will stay there at that range of pitch. Now, the mother still plays the same role as mother and father but is no longer as directly involved with her son. She does everything in her power to try and get her son to return the child that she raised and loved. We are able to understand what he is saying through lines such as Lines 7-12 which states “There was a time indeed they used to shake hands with their hearts; but that’s gone, son. At the end of the day both speaking personas want the best for the child/off spring. This means the persona constantly changes his face. What is poem the woman speaks to the man who employed her son about? 0000183693 00000 n Spell. As a result of the child departing from his mother teachings it caused his mother to play the role of a disappointed parent. On the other hand, in the poem, “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son,” by Lorna Goodison, which uses the third person perspective, where the speaker talks about the crumbling relationship a mother between a mother and her son. Irony helped to further convey to the reads the major theme of Family Relation throughout the entire poem. When you think of a snake, words such as sneaky and deceitful come to mind. However in his adult stage he seems to contradict his mother’s teachings of ambition to become a criminal as it allowed him to be exposed to a father figure. He doesn’t want his son to grow up and forget all that he had learnt from his childhood. People only engage in conversation only to see what they can gain or take from them. 0000030293 00000 n This Blog is designed for Literature students to explore Literature beyond the four walls of the classroom. 1. This is seen through lines 4-6, “But now they only laugh with their teeth,/ While their ice block cold eyes/ search behind my shadow, and lines 13-18, “‘Feel at home!’ ‘Come again’; / they say, and when I come/ again and feel/ at home, once, twice,/ there will be no thrice-/ for then I will find doors shut on me.” The mother’s role in the poem “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” is that of a nurturer, “She raised him twice, once as mother/ then as father, set no ceiling/ on what he could be doctor,/ Earth healer, pilot take wings.” However a mother cannot do what a father can do and without a father figure in the home and looked for it on the outside, “He says you are like a father to him/ she is wondering what kind of father would give a son hot and exploding/ death when he asks him for help. (Note: Please read the article excerpt to ensure it … The role of this persona is to pin point where the mother failed in raising the child.For example she did not set any ground rules for the child and she did not see the importance of raising the child with a father figure around. Hence the writer compares to the mother to poor people carrying hope in the sense that she carried the boy in her womb and took care of him like he was the only thing she had. With making reference to these biblical stories, further emphasizes the theme of Death, as all these characters have died because of all the wrong things they have done and they have paid the price. This greatly disappointed the mother as she had hopes in him. Examples: “Nobody loves no one.” (Chris Isaak). This is a simile, and it shows the level of faith and effort she put into raising her son. In the poem “Once Upon a Time” the simile “My laugh in the mirror shows only my teeth like a snake’s fangs!” this is effective because it highlights the theme of dishonesty in the poem and effectively growing a child for the real world. Like wearing dresses, for it to be a complete outfit, their needs to be accessories that makes the dress become a wow factor. And unbiased with his children being indifference. Poetic Devices. Other examples of this, can be found in lines 43-44 and line 48, as both speaks about betrayal once again, where the thief on the left hand side of the cross has committed sinful acts, as well as Absalom, David’s son, who had also betrayed him. Incidentally, this blog will allow students to present diverse interpretations of texts that are both critical and genuine…. Poetic devices are a form of literary device used in poetry.A poem is created out of poetic devices composite of: structural, grammatical, rhythmic, metrical, verbal, and visual elements. make her transcend her difficulties. The role of the speaking persona in the poem Once Upon a Time in the lives of the childhood persona in the poem. Part B 0000150068 00000 n Those devices have been use quite well to portray the writer’s feelings. Happy Women’s History Month! it will leave my shape behind. It was shown when he said “I have learned to wear many faces”. ( Log Out /  He does this because he believes that all people in society are cruel and always want to see everyone fail while they succeed, so he uses these many faces as a defense mechanism to keep him from being hurt emotionally. Additionally, through the effectiveness of the tone, the theme- dishonesty is revealed, which is the basis of the poem that the speaker revolves around, where he talks about how people put on “faces like dresses” and hide what they are actually feeling or thinking. In the poem “Once Upon A Time” the speaking persona main role was to talk about his life experience and the lose of his innocence. In the poem “The woman speaks to the man who employed her son” the major theme brought out is Simile we can see from the poem lines 9-10 “she carried him like the poor carry hope” speaks to the point that poor have no wealth or meaning of purpose in life at a tender age and is often looked down as the lest fortunate and there is usually no chance of breaking through poverty and the hope for life to improve is all they have so when the writer compares to the mother to poor people carrying hope in the sense that she carried the boy in her womb and took care of him like he was the only thing she had. 20 Top Poetic Devices to Remember. 0000011813 00000 n Poetry Analysis – Blog Response #1. The poet compares the persona’s laugh to snakes’. 0000002368 00000 n This device highlights Family Relation because as mentioned before the mother grew her son as a single parent. In the poem “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” sarcasm is used to portray how the effects of a poor or non-existent father figure can affect a child and a home. The speaker further expounds on how the mother is not satisfied with the path her son has taken, where he is given a “whole submachine gun” from his employer to carry murderous acts of crime, in the end to draw his “bloody salary.” The speaker’s role is to place emphasis how much the mother loves her son and how he stole her heart and managed to have broke it. It is ironic as if he actually loved or cared for the son he wouldn’t want to expose him to such dangers. Therefore, the implication is that the smiles are actually fake and stiff. The Woman Speaks to the Man who has employed Her Son by Lorna Goodison. A) In the poems “Once Upon A Time” by Gabriel Okara and “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” by Lorna Goodison we see the impact of parental influence in the lives of children. Part B Throughout both these examples, the them dishonesty is placed in the spotlight as it encompasses telling a lie, in the sense that he is lying about his true feelings, which are dishonest. While in the poem ” The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed Her Son” the mother’s role is to be there for her son and be supportive because he has no father. There are tons of poetic devices out there—it would be nearly impossible to list all of them. The themes Hypocrisy and Appearance vs Reality is seen playing a dominant role with the poetic device Simile, Appearance vs Reality in my views is the most dominant theme shown in the poem because it how people are on the outside than what they may look like or what they think about someone on the inside in their own personal feelings/idea when we look at the line stanza 1 line 4 “ but now they only laugh with their teeth while their ice block cold eyes search behind my shadow” This emphasizes the insincerity of the people around the persona speaks that they only show the laugh for the purpose of being pleasant or just because of having a good appearance but in reality they do not care to what you might be saying or finding your presence unwanted. On the other hand, in the poem, “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son,” by Lorna Goodison, which uses the third person perspective, where the speaker talks about the crumbling relationship a mother between a mother and her son. This effective device helps to highlight the major theme Loss of Innocence. He wants to be like his son that truly express his feelings. 0000044968 00000 n As you would have different clothes for different occasions, he has different faces. ” The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” the woman(his mother) is seen as his only care taker due to the lack of a father figure in his life. Then it was finally said that she prayed for her child and acknowledging the fact that her time as his father has come to an end. The poetic techniques used throughout the poem is assonance, rhyme, metaphor and alliteration. The mother and Judas’ mother are in the same shoes, because they have to just sit back and watch as their sons ruin their lives and they can’t do anything about it. In the poem “The Woman speaks to the man who has employed her son” by Lorna Goodison the persona plays the role of a once hopeful but disappointed mother which is somewhat understanding. He sees his son as an escape from the real world because of his innocence, he wants his son to know that the world he sees around him is no good and the only way it is possible not to give in to it is to implement moral values. Learn. Allegory can convey hidden meanings through symbolic figures, actions, and imagery. She thought her son would had known better to not betrayed he. The child’s mother grew him single handedly and instilled dreams and ambitions in him. 0000014832 00000 n Although, Biblical Allusion is not spread across the poem, it was used in the most concentrated way, to give the readers a define answer in whether if the son will die or not, and it surely told the readers that yes, the son, will die, and pay the price for all his wrong doings, as well as his employer. In the poem “Once Upon A Time” the poetic device, simile is used to highlight the major theme insincerity. But as she figures out the path he is going on she still loves him as her own but does not like the negative path he is going on so she tends to blame his employer for breaking her son into sinfull and cruel acts. Despite, all of that, the mother uses the little hope she has left to pray for her son, as well as to read psalms for his employer, to see that one day that both could come to a life that is not drowned in blood. In the lives of children a parental figure is a must. 0000012831 00000 n Things could have been different if the child had a father figure around, even the mother said that his father was fair-minded and he treated all his children with equal and unbiased indifference. At the end of the poem where it says “Absalom”, alludes to Absalom the son of King David. This speaks to the fact that through the personas experiences, he had learned to adjust his overall look and personality for different occasions. Pay attention: the program cannot take into account all the numerous nuances of poetic technique while analyzing. This statement, which was coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, contains two examples of metonymy: "the pen" refers to "the written word," and "the sword" refers to "military force/violence." Similes and metaphors are familiar ways to convey complex ideas through language. This poem's most abundantly employed poetic devices are metaphor (including simile) and imagery.When the speaker lays eyes on the woman he speaks of, … 0000105224 00000 n In the poem, “Once Upon a Time” by Gabriel Okara, the speaker uses first person perspective, which is portrayed through the father, in the form of a monologue. He realizes that he has become what he hates. This woman is seen as one, whose deep devotion and dedication to her son. Because of this she had to be a substitute for the father in his life. This tells us that the mother feels betrayed by her son because of the lifestyle he has gone to live where he uses a gun, which he got from the father figure he chose, to get “bread” after she had high hopes for him. This is primarily because a mother cannot fill the role of a father, so her influence did not have a great enough impact, which led him to seek a father figure elsewhere. In the poem “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” the poetic device, biblical allusion, is used to highlight the major theme betrayal. The little boy grew up with only his mother due to the “fair-mindedness” of his father, the persona emphasizes that the mother has placed all her hopes in this little boy. <<50AD324342DED64F803C2413BF126931>]/Prev 308627>> The mother gave up hope in her son and could only pray that he would come to his senses.In both poems we see where there is some mentorship that happens especially between man and boy.Both personas play important roles in their child’s development although they do not always turn out how is expected. Poetic devices in Leopold Senghor’s poem“Black Woman” include repetition, extended metaphor, personification, simile, imagery, caesura, and allusion. They are conforming or trying to fit, to a preconceived mold that is set up by societal expectations. 0000161304 00000 n This leads the mother to have to try to raise the son as a single parent as best she can. 0000115702 00000 n One device used in “Once Upon a Time” is a metaphor. 162 72 Such signs made her know That she was not alone in her body. The father takes on the role of informing his son about the changes in society. 0000007765 00000 n 0000017127 00000 n She now can only pray and hope for her son as he runs with bad company, but will still always remain there as a parental confidant should he change his ways. The poet compares people’s faces to smiles in a portrait. 0000111060 00000 n This metaphor supported the theme of Loss Of Innocence as it shows how the son has grown up and turned to a life of crime instead of staying on the path that his mother had laid out for him. 0000006378 00000 n 1: Both parents have different relations with the children in each poem. It is also employed that those are read for the employer. We see this when the poem says “She raise him twice, once as mother then as father…” But it see she was not enough so her son found himself a father figure who his mother does not seem to approve of but never-the-less she did noting and supported his decisions and prayed for him and said psalms for him. Part A Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The mother and Judas’ mother are in the same shoes, because they have to just sit back and watch as their sons ruin their lives and they can’t do anything about it. Her son was first made known to her as a sense of unease, a need to cry for little reasons and a metallic tide rising in her mouth each morning. This also allows the reader to understand that because they “used to” means that this form of pure greeting is rare in modern times which then highlights the theme chosen. Poetic devices are often used to highlight and enhance major themes in a poem, in poems “Once Upon A Time” by Gabriel Okara and “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” by Lorna Goodison can attest to this. The poetic device found in Lorna Goodison’s poem is irony. In”The Woman speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son”one poetic device used is a metaphor in line 32 “for the day he draw his bloody salary”. He wants his son to teach him what it is like to be normal again because what is becoming the norm is very worrying to him. Read this useful list of other common rhetorical devices and boost your rhetoric! 0000008649 00000 n A) The mother is overwhelmed by what her son is doing and is disappointed in him, because it could be classified as a sinful act, where the mother feels betrayed, just like how Judas’ mother felt. It has proven to be a major factor in a child’s development. PART A I will be comparing the roles that both these parents have in their children’s lives. This brings out the theme changes in society because of how things are nowyou cant trust people so you have to be be fake so you dont allow them to use and trick you. “Moon marked and touched by sun/ my magic is unwritten”. In the poem, ” Once Upon A Time, ” the poetic device of simile is used effectively to draw out many theme in the poem. With making reference to these biblical stories, further emphasizes the theme of Death, as all these characters have died because of all the wrong things they have done and they have paid the price. Poetic devices are a form of literary devices used in poems. %%EOF 0000150324 00000 n In “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” by Lorna Goodison, before the child was grown, she educated him, and served as the boy’s father and mother, as his father abandoned them. Poetic devices can be simply referred to as a form of literary devices which are used in poetry. Gravity. In her poem „Phenomenal woman” Angelou speaks as a self-confident woman, she wants to show the world what makes her beautiful and she expresses it in a various way. We'll ask some follow-up questions. The father in “Once Upon A Time” seeks to educate his son whereas the mother in “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” tries at first to nurture and care for her son, before eventually becoming resigned to what fate seems to throw at her. 0000035469 00000 n 0000001736 00000 n Poetry or poems are the creation of poetic devices. B. For example, Margaret Atwood utilizes figures of speech in her poem “you fit into me” as a means of achieving poetic meaning and creating a vivid picture for the reader. xref An example of this can be found in lines 20-21- “wear many faces like dresses,” similarly to how a woman would change her dress to fit into a particular audience or abide by a particular standard. In the poem it was shown that the mother raised her child two times both as a mother and a father. PLAY. A. Learn & Explore Assign. In the story “Once Upon A Time ” the father of a young boy implores to his son about the world and how it has changed,he expresses to his son that’s people have lost the emotion and are simply non genuine.He also states that he himself has learned how be non genuine and as a result lost his way.The father then implores his son to keep what he has lost and to show him how to be genuine .However in the poem “Once Upon A Time” the mother shows the lengths that parents tend to go through for their child/children’s safe continuation in early life . We also see the major theme love being displayed in the poem and helps to bring out the effectiveness of the poetic device simile we see the theme love being shown in the poem in the case of a mothers love for her child and wanting the best for him and believing in him that he would become successful and make something out of his self, as her son is her only child and she is a single parent she had to grow and nuture her son 2 times as a father and mother so she knew the struggle that she had to go through so she did not set any barrier on what he wanted to be and become. jrector739. 0000004480 00000 n Lana Del Rey's poetic pop has graced radios around the world since 2012. ~IRONY,(lines 22-24) “,that you value him so much you give him one whole submachine gun for him alone.”The irony in this situation is that if u really value or care for someone you wouldn’t give them something to endanger their life. Throughout both these examples, the them dishonesty is placed in the spotlight as it encompasses telling a lie, in the sense that he is lying about his true feelings, which are dishonest. In the poem “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” the biblical allusion of Judas Iscariot, the thief on the left hand side of Jesus’ cross and Absalom effectively highlights the theme of growing a child as a single parent and the path impending of doom the family has chosen. Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice! In the poem Once Upon a Time we see Simile being used in stanza 4 compares people faces to smiles in a portrait because if you think about a portrait it is usually very formal and stiff even to the point where it looks uncomfortable therefore the implications is that the smiles are actually fake and stiff they are conforming or trying to fit to a preconceived mold that is set up by societal expectations it also in stanza 6 compares the personas laugh to a snake because when people think of a snake words such as sneaky and deceitful comes to mind therefore the implications that the people were just false in general. This week’s Poetry Pairing, matches Lady Mary Chudleigh’s 17th-century poem “To the Ladies” with a 21st-century Opinion piece about marriage and the role of women by Stephanie Coontz. 0000003137 00000 n Answers (1) Nuvia 22 November, 02:21. One such simile is seen where the poem states “I have learned to wear many faces like dresses”, this simile compares how the speaker instead of being sincere/real he chose to be insincere by wearing faces like a piece of clothing to fit in whatever situation he is in. In the poems “Once Upon A Time” and “The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son” the speaking personas both have a parental role to the child personas. Lines 12-16, “He had no father./ The man she had made him with had more/ like him, he was fair-minded/ he treated all his children/ with equal and unbiased indifference.” This is sarcastic because at first she seems to be praising the father as if she is about to compliment him, but then she drops down the gauntlet and shows the world the father’s true qualities which is that of a neglectful father who cares nothing for his children. 0000015728 00000 n 0000000016 00000 n We see this where the poem states “they used to laugh with their hearts with their eyes; but now the only laugh with their teeth while their ice-block-cold eyes search behind my shadow.” The father informs his son about this in hopes that he can avoid losing his sincerity in doing those things. In the latter half of the poem it was stated that he got a father figure in his life even with his mom not liking it. 0000115243 00000 n Like wearing dresses, for it to be a complete outfit, their needs to be accessories that makes the dress become a wow factor. If you think about a portrait, it is usually very formal and stiff, even uncomfortable. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Terms in this set (12) Alliteration. Additionally, through the effectiveness of the tone, the theme- dishonesty is revealed, which is the basis of the poem that the speaker revolves around, where he talks about how people put on “faces like dresses” and hide what they are actually feeling or thinking. 0000014402 00000 n Hope for life to Reality in the sense that although he might look fine on the outside but in reality he doesn’t like to be in genuine to people which is also ironic because he is complaining about people being fake and he is doing the same. This highlights the theme of Appearance Vs. In this poem the ‘black cloth’ symbolises the son’s death and how she is preparing for his funeral.This highlights the major theme the Death in the poem. Dec. 30, 2020. The poem “ The Woman speaks to the Man who employed her son” speaks about a persona in the poem that is telling astory of a mother who loved her son and raised him as a single mother and sacrificed so much and hoped he would come out to something better than her. It works the same when using different faces, their needs to be a “conforming simile” that accentuates each of them and makes them even more believable. This sentence signified his overall turn from being that of a loving and wholehearted individual to one of the many people in his society. She prepares for her son’s death by going downtown to buy funeral apparel. Some examples of this are: Lines 20-21 where he emphasizes the constant changes of his face. In the poem, ” The Woman Speaks to the Man who Employed her Son, ” the poetic device of symbolism is used to convey the overall idea of the poem. Walker says that this poem was written for her mother, who is an important woman in her life. Any music can be simple or complex, shallow or deep, but these famous pop songs draw in elements of writing that make their lyrics positively poetic. She felt as if the only thing she could ho is pray. She placed all her hopes in the child hoping he could become something of worth. Within Okara’s poem, the simile “I have learnt to wear many faces like dresses” within lines 20-21 seeks to indicate the persona switches their face to fit an occasion just as how a lady would change their attire based on the occasion, thus allowing readers to infer that the persona fakes their personality as a way of fitting in with those around him, this depicts the dishonesty of individuals within the poem. She also had to play the role of the father as seen in line 18 and 17: ” She raised him twice, once as a mother then as a father”. Part B She was also fighting for the women, she wanted women to have the same rights as men. Throughout the poem he tells his son that he wants to learn how to laugh and smile again withought being fake about it he wants it to be genuine.Due to his son being young and not understanding he is still able to laugh and smile and thats what his father wishes to gain and also wishes for his son to stay on that path.In the woman speaks to the man who employed her son we see a mother in distress as she speaks to her son’s employer(A Gunman).We sees the mothers failure of raising her child as a single parent.She wanted him to become a doctor or a lawyer yet his employer led him a stray. However she is unable tondo this and the sun strays down the dodgy path. Mood is the general feeling the writer wants the audience to have. 0000016291 00000 n Representation of ideas through a certain form (character, event, etc.). This is evidently seen in lines 30-31, when she ventured out to purchase “black cloth,” and “a deep crowned and veiled hat” signifies that she is prepared for the day she gets the news that her son had died. “They used to shake hands with their hearts”. 0000110995 00000 n on the unfortunate circumstances of her life as a single parent. The poems “Once Upon a Time” and “The Woman speaks to the man who has employed her son” both show important aspects of this job called parenting. 0000150748 00000 n In the poems “Once Upon a Time” and “The Woman speaks to the man who employed her son” Parental influence is the key ingredient in any healthy family relationship. 0000182650 00000 n In “Once Upon A Time” the parent tells his/her son of society and how people used to be sincere but now are superficial and how he/she has learned to be like that. Blog. Created by. The mother is very angry with her son because she tried and tried very hard, but it did not accumulate to anything acceptable as she herself knows that the day will come very shortly when her son has to pay the price and will die, just like the rest. The father is currently parenting the child before he has grown, also making him his son’s current influence. 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