Poems

Caroll, Lewis. “Father William.” Poetry Archive. Poetry-Archive.com, 2001. Web. 12 May 2011.

 The essence of this poem revolves around a conversation between Father William and a young boy, where the boy is puzzled about the fact the Father William, being old, can do things that are unlikely for old men. When being asked how he can stand on his head, or how his jaw is very strong, his answers go back to his youth. In other words, Carroll is demonstrating that what one does in his youth, will be reflected later on in life. In this case the things represented are good, but it also applies to negative things. Although the poem is not deep, as it´s read, you can feel the humor in the words of Father William. Instead of being a grumpy old man, he answers the boy´s questions with comic responses that are weird but can also be mocking the incredulity of the boy. 

Guest, Edgar A. “A Toast to the Men.” The Poetry Foundation. The Poetry Foundation. Web. 30 Jan. 2011.

 In his poem “A Toast to the Men,” Edgar Allan Guest writes from the perspective of women and dedicates the poem to them. He gives examples as to how men are always blaming women for the things that occur to them. With examples such as “they blame us if they oversleep,” or “if their business fails” (us being women), Guest suggests that “men are never at fault” while women are always guilty. He reveals that even though women are blamed for everything, they will always love men.  This poem is very remarkable because there is a variation in the tone. At first, readers think that women are irritated with men, but at the end he exposes that it does not disturb women at all. He portrays his points using a lot of humor and it is clear that that women mock the fact that men are always blaming them for everything, even things nobody can control. 

Mansfield, Katherine. “Countrywomen.” Representative Poetry Online. University of Toronto, 2003.  Department of English. Web. 12 May 2011.

 In her poem, Katherine Mansfield illustrates the physical aspects of countrywomen. She portrays them as having “great big arms” and “big substantial sit down places,” but also with “such eyes” meaning they are beautiful. What I believe Mansfield is trying to indicate is that she´s very fond of countrywomen. Even though she makes fun of them, she uses an affectionate humor to describe how fat and big they are, but the reader is able to imply that Mansfield thinks they have a great personality. Although the poem is short and uses simple language such as “what a size” and “bursting trough their country jackets,” the way affection is represented through humor is what makes this poem worth studying. Never does she say that she´s fond of countrywomen but with phrases like “hands outspread, round and rosy” the warm humor is clearly present. 

Nash, Ogden. “A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty.” Poem Hunter.com. 3 Jan. 2003. Web. 10 May 2011.

 In his poem, Nash describes what a women goes through after waking up one morning and thinking she is thirty. Not only does Miranda, the women, “feels the sun with terror” but the fact that  “twenty-nine she was last night; this morning she is thirty,” taunts Miranda while she rejects to look at her reflection, terrified of what could appear in the mirror.  Ultimately what Nash is demonstrating is that women are scared of growing old, because of what life may bring or the physical and sentimental changes they could suffer, but reality is that it´s inevitable and the people will still like them, no matter the changes they suffer. Overall the poem is very simple and it´s easy to understand but it´s a great example of a humorous tone that does not intend to hurt or criticize. With his words and kind description, Nash is able to convey his message using a caring and affectionate tone, laughing at women for being so preoccupied with growing old, but showing that he loves them very much.

Stankiewicz, Carlotta. “Mommy Brain.” 1998. Web. 12 May 2011.

 Written by Carlotta Stankiewicz, this poem summarizes the incidents that tend to occur to moms when their babies are little. She suggest that if a mother “left the crayons to melt in the car” or “forget where the are keys car” it´s due to a virus called “Mommy Brain.” Ultimately I believe Stankiewicz is going back to the time when those things occurred to her and now she tittle´s it the “Mommy Brain.” The author uses descriptive sentences like “you´ve just caught a particular virulent strain of the affliction known as the Mommy Brain” through which she manages to describe real life situations that occur and stress many people, using humor, to show she was a mother once and comprehends how hectic it can be. 

 

 

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