Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Poem help!


    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 5
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Poem help!

    Hey guys today im studying the poem called " because "
    i don't fully understand the Poem..
    if you could brake it down what it means's that would be great and it would help alot with me task that i have to do. (:
    thank-you


    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 5
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Poem help!

    my bad haha... lol well it's pretty much the whole thing. xD
    i know it's stupid but poerty is my weak point in English.


    Friday Australian poem #11: “Because” by James McAuley Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07

    i didn;t want to copy the whole thing.

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 21,451
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Poem help!

    Quote Originally Posted by redmonb View Post
    my bad haha... lol well it's pretty much the whole thing. xD
    i know it's stupid but poerty is my weak point in English.


    Friday Australian poem #11: “Because” by James McAuley Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07

    i didn;t want to copy the whole thing.
    This is not a terribly difficult poem.
    You need to try to analyse it yourself first. That is why you've been assigned the task - to help you learn how to understand things that are a little bit beyond your current capacity.
    Is there any of it you do understand? Why not tell us what you think it's all about?

  2. Unwritten's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Palestinian Territory
      • Current Location:
      • Palestinian Territory

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Poem help!

    Mmmm .. Nice poem

    But I didn`t understand this part:

    The poor man’s curt embarrassment
    At such a delicate proffer of affection
    Cut like a saw. But home the lesson went:
    My tenderness thenceforth escaped detection

    And this one:

    Judgment is simply trying to reject
    A part of what we are because it hurts.
    The living cannot call the dead collect:
    They won’t accept the charge, and it reverts



    Any one may explain please?
    And what is exactly the main topic in this poem??

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 21,451
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: Poem help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Unwritten View Post
    Mmmm .. Nice poem

    But I didn`t understand this part:

    The poor man’s curt embarrassment
    At such a delicate proffer of affection
    Cut like a saw. But home the lesson went:
    My tenderness thenceforth escaped detection

    I felt wounded by my father's embarassment when I was trying to be affectionate towards him. But I learnt my lesson; I did not try to be demonstrative towards him after that.


    And this one:

    Judgment is simply trying to reject
    A part of what we are because it hurts.
    We feel hurt because of how our parents treated us. But when we blame them for our feelings, we are not taking responsibility for our own painful emotions. (Perhaps we are converting pain to anger, which is easier to live with.)
    The living cannot call the dead collect:
    They won’t accept the charge, and it reverts
    The living can't make phone calls to the dead. [Why would he want to do this? What would he say to them? Why, now that he believes he is about to be judged by God, is he thinking about his judgement of his own parents? ]

    Any one may explain please?
    And what is exactly the main topic in this poem??
    What do you think it is?
    R.

  4. Unwritten's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Palestinian Territory
      • Current Location:
      • Palestinian Territory

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: Poem help!

    ~ Raymott ~
    Thanks a lot .. U are amazing!

    //

    I think it is about the poet`s feelings towards his parents, and vice versa. I think they treated him so bad and he is wondering why.. Am I right

  5. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 21,451
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: Poem help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Unwritten View Post
    ~ Raymott ~
    Thanks a lot .. U are amazing!

    //

    I think it is about the poet`s feelings towards his parents, and vice versa. I think they treated him so bad and he is wondering why.. Am I right
    Yes, he felt that they treated him badly. And he judged them harshly for that. But now that he is dying, and is going to be judged on his life by God (at least that is his belief), he is questioning his own previous judgements of his parents.
    Thinking objectively, he knows that his parents did the best they could. Perhaps he could forgive them (but you can't communicate with the dead). He is hoping that God doesn't judge him as harshly as he judged his parents.
    Does this make sense?

  6. Unwritten's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Palestinian Territory
      • Current Location:
      • Palestinian Territory

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 227
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: Poem help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, he felt that they treated him badly. And he judged them harshly for that. But now that he is dying, and is going to be judged on his life by God (at least that is his belief), he is questioning his own previous judgements of his parents.
    Thinking objectively, he knows that his parents did the best they could. Perhaps he could forgive them (but you can't communicate with the dead). He is hoping that God doesn't judge him as harshly as he judged his parents.
    Does this make sense?

    Ahaaaaaa .. Yes, I got it.
    Thank U dear.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] poem help
    By confused charlie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-May-2009, 20:36

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •