Poetry Appreciation

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Poetry AppreciationThe poem 'Poem'And if it snowed and snow covered the driveHe took a spade and tossed it to one side.

And always tucked his daughter up at night.

And slippered her the one time she lied.

And every week he tipped up half his wage.

And what he didn't spend each week he saved.

And praised his wife for every meal she made.

And once, for laughing punched her in the face.

And for his mum hired a private nurse.

And every Sunday taxied her to church.

And he blubbed when she went form bad to worse.

And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here's how they rated him when they looked back:Sometimes he did this and sometimes he did that.

Looking at the poem on the page, it is clear that it is in the form of a typical Shakespearean sonnet because the poem contains fourteen lines and each line has ten syllables.

However, my expectations were that this sonnet was about someone's love.

When I read the poem, I discovered that this poem was about family love, especially pointing at a man's dull life. As the title poem is quite boring, maybe this is why the writer chose the title poem to reflect the dull man's life. The basic idea of the poem is about a man's life being expected to behave in three different roles by three people- his mum, his wife, and his daughter. On the first stanza, the poem talks about his daughter and him. It says that he 'always' tucked his daughter up at night, which shows that in the role of father, he was a good father BUT he only slippered once with her when she lied. Although today this violence behaviour is cruel, this was a formal...