2. What is at least one arresting image or line in the poem? Be sure to explain its effect on you as a reader: In the poem, the speaker begins to present the readers about her photograph and later in the poem, she dies by drowning in the lake. Unlike many other poems, the title“This Is a Photograph of Me” is very essential in understanding the whole image of the poem, and indicate its simplicity of the title will be parallel to the simplicity of the context of the poem. Theline 6 to 14 of the poem can let the readers to be able to imagine about the photograph that is describes but in the line 15, “The photograph was taken the day after I drowned.” makes the turning point of the poem and the readers begin to ask “Why and how is she drown? And how
Kim 7can this person still talk about the photograph when she is dead?”3. What is the theme of the poem? Explain: The theme of this poem is very mysterious or somewhat creepy. The readers are able to see the details of the photograph and able to imagine what it looks like. “It was taken some time ago” and the print looks a bit “smeared”. Objects such as part of a tree, a small frame house, lake and some low hills are portrayed in the poem, but most importantly, the speaker is dead and drowned in the middle of the lake, so readers can imagine how creepy and mysterious the photo can be. My son, my executioner1. Why did you pick this poem? As I read this poem, it seemed to imply immortality of human life, and I was able to see the father figure who’s extremely caring and Donald Hall’s writing style made me choose this poem. 2. What is at least one arresting image or line in the poem? Be sure to explain its effect on you as a reader: The last stanza of the poem is significant because it shows that human lives are limited and as his son grows up, he is going to be weaker but his son is going to be stronger and one day, his son will ascend him. Also, end rhyme exists in this poem. “We twenty-five and twenty-two, who seemed to live forever, observe enduring life in you and start to die together.” indicates that the life is short and these lines reflect speaker’s own fears and worries. It seems like their lives will last forever, but eventually, they will grow old and die. 3. What is the theme of the poem? Explain: The overall tone of the poem is that we humans are mortals and aging and death is something we have to accept it. The poem explains how he is holding his infant son and his lives seem to last forever, but he knows that it’s not true and he is going to age and his son is going to ascend him.
Kim 8David Sangji KimProfessor DoucetEnglish 211/13/18Poetry Assignment #3Out of five poems that I read for the poetry assignments, I decided to choose “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden. It is not that other poems that I selected in the second assignment were less qualified, but the major reason why I chose “Those Winter Sundays” is thatthe imagery of and the depiction of the father figure that is portrayed in this poem was very