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Sheikh IslamProfessor JenningsEnglish 1012April 22, 2013Anguish and Agony Influences Mind LargelyThe world is full of struggle where we all are trying to develop our condition continuously. Wedo not expect sufferings in our life. All people have various kinds of suffering like. That is why,the famous poet Shakespeare said “I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage whereevery man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.” In addition, the famous scientist AlbertEinstein said “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told,''Blessed are they that mourn.” Some people have little bit and some have more bad experiences.Actually, the sufferer knows well what had happened in his life that other people such asaudiences may realize somewhat but not perfectly as like as the sufferer. The purpose of thispaper is to prove that in Li-Young Lee’s poetry, he shows that suffering and escape haveinfluenced his memories.In “For a New Citizen of These United States,” Li-Young Lee struggles with hisdesire to forget violent memories from his childhood. Escaping from place to place had atremendous influence in Li-Young Lee’s life. For example, for political reason, Dr. Lee, apersonal physician (Lee’s father), was exiled 19 months in a camp of Indonesia in Macau but theDr. and his family members were rescued from the guarded ship by his ex-student. Next, theywent to Hong Kong by the help of ex-student. After that, they went to Japan. At last, they settled
in United States in 1964. As a reader, when I think profoundly about Lee’s past I feel sympathy.At that time, it reflects on my mind like army was coming to catch, government secret agencieswere looking to arrest; police was taking action by raid, here and there to get Dr. Lee. All timefear, shifting places and nervousness made them (Lee and his family members) always scary.When the author remembers these, he feels acute anguish agony that reflects in his poem thisway:“After all, it was only ourLife, our life and its forgetting” (42-43)These are the last two lines of this poem. The most significance of these two lines is the word‘after all’ which means the end of something. For making it clear, he uses forgetting in last word.Here the word ‘forgetting’ means to forget his violent memories that had happened at his earlyage. Furthermore, Lee wants to emphasize less and less on antiquity to assist his life today.Moreover, these two lines are the signal words for us to give the readers advice for forgettingbitter experiences. In addition, the author shows three stages of life such as: at first past thanpresent and at last future. Although past is very important for him, he is trying to look over thosematters to make a successful link between present and future. For example, if he thinks alwayspast violent experiences, he will not be able to live happily. Actually forgetting the bad memoriesis good for better life. So, it is like a new hope, a new life without having sufferings. Also, heloves his new place, new opportunity new people, where he grew up. For this reason, he is tryingto satisfy whatever he has now. Here, he shows a realistic attitude to overlook your past, but loveyour present for better future for better life. GVRL also expresses that the last line is hisrecognition that forgetting something is not easy, but it is necessary.

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Term
Winter
Professor
AlfredFriedland
Tags
English, Thought, Suffering, bad experiences

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