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, the role of the parent personas in the lives of the child personas clearly displays this. These two similes bring out the theme perfectly as it grasps the true concept of insincerity. He also serves as a testament of what the ‘real’ world can do to you if your not prepared.While in “The Woman speaks to the Man who has Employed her Son”, the role of the mother was not only to be the maternal figure, who would carry the son through pregnancy then nurture him and show him compassion, but to also be the paternal figure or the father figure, who would guide the son in being a man and teach him life lessons and mould him in preparation for the world of adults as stated in the poem where it states ‘She raised him twice, once as mother/ then as father’. Example: "The pen is mightier than the sword." She is now concerned about the welfare of her son. Of all the poetic devices, rhyme is far and away my favorite - call it a product of a being a hip hop fan maybe. 0000014402 00000 n B. Therefore, the implication is that the persona is false just like the people he despises. 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. Flashcards. PART B Blog Response #1 The child’s father seems to play the role of a caring teacher who wants to expose the truth of the world in efforts to protect his son. 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. The last stanza ended with a pun “Absalom” which means father of peace. It was stated that his father wasn’t there for him from birth and his mother then took both roles and cared for him and also gave him no limits to what he could become. 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. 0000005976 00000 n She was also fighting for the women, she wanted women to have the same rights as men. 162 72 This shows the readers the cold-ice-block emotions felt by the speaker. ao Igwedibia A (2018) Audre Lorde s Poems A Woman Speaks and A Litany for Survival towards a Gricean Theoretical Reading. As we explored both poem we could see that parental influence was very dominant in maintaining family relationships as we examined the poems from different view points. Walkers mother was an African American slave, so it was extremely important for her to stay strong for her children and for her family. This Blog is designed for Literature students to explore Literature beyond the four walls of the classroom. The mother raised him as a single mother because the father was equal. 0000010456 00000 n The father’s role to the child is to warn him of all the evils of the world and asks his son to help him renounce his evils. What are the poetic devices in the poem women by alice walker. 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. PartA 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,parental guidance and its results are the main focus as well as childhood innocence and the loss of it. In “The woman speaks to the man who has employed her son”, Allusion is an important literary device. 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. He wants to be like his son that truly express his feelings. Mario Hudson 4pool5 The speaker’s role is very effective in clearly defining the relationship between a mother and her son, and that a parent’s influence cannot be undone, eventhough the mother lost her son, she did everything a mother in her financial status, could possibly have done. 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. You'll notice the difference in the way women speak when you call them on the phone. startxref therefore this poetic device brings forth the poem by enhancing it. ( Log Out /  A Woman Speaks‘s first two lines established the subject of the piece. 0000035469 00000 n Happy Women’s History Month! 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. This effective device helps to highlight the major theme Loss of Innocence. %PDF-1.7 %���� He progresses to how the world has changed for the worse to become a place where hypocrisy is prevalent in everyday life and society, he speaks about how he has changed and adapted to such a world but he also reveals that if possible he would willingly revert back to the innocence he once had, the same innocence he sees now in his son. 0000006378 00000 n See more. This is because the poor, generally are seen to have little or no chance of recovering from poverty, but still hope through thick and thin that they will somehow make it. She invested all her faith, love and attention into him hoping that he would become successful in life one day. This is seen as the father expresses how once upon a time people were genuine to laugh with their hearts but now they are artificial and hypocrites who only laugh with their teeth. 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. Another simile from the poem is ” their conforming smiles like a fixed portrait smile”, this compares how the people in the society smiles are fixed and doesn’t change no matter what which can be considered fake. Poetic devices in Leopold Senghor’s poem“Black Woman” include repetition, extended metaphor, personification, simile, imagery, caesura, and allusion. The Woman Speaks to the Man Who Has Employed Her Son Summary: The persona in this poem is telling the story of a mother who loved her son. Assonance. 0000017127 00000 n 0000002594 00000 n B. Both poems use poetic devices to further bring across the theme to the reader .In “Once Upon a Time”‘,one poetic device used is simile in line 20 where it states “I have learned to wear many faces like dresses”. 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. Representation of ideas through a certain form (character, event, etc.). 0000131698 00000 n 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. Let’s start with the form of the poem. 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. The story tell of a woman who is speaking to her son’s employer with fear of what her son is involved in .Both story’s the use of child narration helps to signify just how important the role of parents in the stories are, it helps to focus the readers attention on what happens to the child .The role of the speaker in the first poem was to emphasis the loss that the father was going through and what his son must not lose ,However the role of the speaker in the second poem was a more neutral approach to how the story unfolded ,it gave great emphasis on the length that the mother went through while the other poem surrounded the child and what he ‘must not lose’. 0000115270 00000 n In the poem “The Woman speaks to the Man who has employed her Son” the persona in this poem is telling the story of a mother who loved her son. ( Log Out /  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 Employed her Son, ” the poetic device of symbolism is used to convey the overall idea of the poem. 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. And amplify the feelings and even push her to buy black cloth preparation. To return the child ’ s laugh to snakes ’ forth the.. 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