The man is struggling to find a story before his fear of his son giving up on him is realized. The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear. Already the man lives far ahead, he sees the day this boy will go. Am I a god that I should never disappoint? His love for his child is so great that he does not want to see him go. All fathers want to be able to have some closure with their children even after they leave. The final literary device used that demonstrates the complexity is metaphor. You love the spider story.
Lee organizes his poem in a manner that introduces a problem, and then moves beyond the present to the final conclusion if a suitable solution is not found in time. You laugh at the spider. Giving Lee a silver tear shows that what his father has given him that day was something precious to him. This relationship is portrayed by using literary devices and constructions such as structure and point of view. The poem, although it has a sad tone of a father who can never be good enough for his son, is hopeful.
By employing hauntingly lyrical skill and astute poetic awareness, Lee allows silence, sound, form, and spirit to emerge brilliantly onto the page. . The angel story once more! He is distracted by his fears and not focused on the one thing he has to do to stop his fears from becoming a reality. Look back at the poem again. The father feels as though if his stories do not live up to what the son's expectations are, he will be failing as a father. He then compares himself to a god. The main theme from The Gift by Li Young Lee is about the care and tenderness that his father gave him.
This poem begins in the point of view of the father and his son is asking him for a story; the father does not have a story to tell the son. This silence is because the father and the son both know that they love each other very much and they will figure is out eventually. Already the man lives far ahead, he sees the day this boy will go. Objectives In this activity, the student will: 1. How might the title of the poem reveal something about the relationship between father and son? Hawthorne was raised in Salem, Massachusetts, and his grandfather was a judge in the infamous Salem witch trials.
The poem has no rhyme scheme, Lee usually writes in free verse. He fears that if his son views him as a god then he is nothing but a disappointment because he is unable to tell him a simple story. He says it is kempt. What might it refer to? His words help you to fully imagine the picture and how he and his father felt. The relationship between the father and son is a strong bond that only silence can conquer their relationship. It is an emotional rather than logical equation, an earthly rather than heavenly one, which posits that a boy's supplications and a father's love add up to silence.
Young keeps the pacing fast and catches the readers attention with personal words from his song to appeal to the reader's emotions. Alluding to the supernatural and God in heaven, the man states that the boys desires and expectations balance out his fear of disappointment, resulting in silence. How did he really feel? In the poem A Story by Li Young Lee, we see many literary devices. In my option, I think it is very strange that the father cannot come up with a story to express his thoughts to his son. Silence isn't a bad thinng in their relationship, it is a moment in which the father looks into his son's eyes and just smiles because of the bond they share.
He fears that if he runs out of stories or lessons to give to his son, then his son will leave. He is haunted by the day he thinks his son will leave him and he does not want to let his son down because he thinks that will make his son leave. Als, I like how you pointed out the pacing in the poem, something I didn't really think about and I wish you would have expanded on it a little more, because it was a really good thought. He switches viewpoints between the father and son to enhance the absoluteness of the problem they create for one another. My father watches, listens for the music of comb against hair.
You laugh at the spider. Are you a god, the man screams, that I sit mute before you? Am I a god that I should never disappoint? I buried my father underground. Lee seems to be recalling a memory from his youth when he had a splinter in his hand. Lee studied at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Arizona, and the State University of New York, College at Brockport. The father handled the situation in a smooth and calm manner, which felt like water.