Poetry_response[1] - Stephen Martell The Craft of Language...

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Stephen Martell The Craft of Language Mrs. Flocco Essay # 3 Poetry reaction Due October 10 th Fathers put a lot of pressure on their sons. This is often done indirectly, possibly even unintentionally, yet its presence is unavoidable. The greatest catalysts of stress between father and son is athletics; there is no better feeling for an athlete than looking at their father in a moment of triumph, and gaining his approval. However, failure is inescapable. It is from being between these parallels that the stress is birthed. “Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio” By James Wright, elaborates on the superfluous demands placed on athletes, by their fathers. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania put me in a very similar situation as the athletes in Martins Ferry. In Lancaster, the social significance placed on high school athletics was often overpowering. The disposition of the entire town is directly affected by the outcome of the athletic competitions. The games are broken down, and success is evaluated weeks before a single game is played. For me, a three sport varsity athlete, it always felt as though the whole town was counting on me to succeed. The fathers of many of my
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