The real question is, Can life really be compared to an orange? There may be numerous answers but in my view it can. Life can be compared to an orange because as quoted in the poem “He’s sure I’ll be healthy, so long as I eat more oranges, and tells me the orange has seeds and so is perpetual ; and we too will come back like the orange trees.” This quote gives off a strong meaning about how powerful oranges may be. Except oranges may not sound like they would relate to our lives, instead the meaning of oranges go deeper than people think. An orange is related to human life in some ways. If you think deep about oranges you will discover that oranges have life just like you and me. Oranges and life are perpetual in ways. We may not live forever, and well oranges don’t stay fresh forever either but we have a purpose in life. We need to live it to the max and to me, that is what oranges do. They stay fresh to the max until they can’t anymore and then they start going bad.
Another amazing question is does education make someone a “scholar”? A scholar is someone who is a specialist in a specific branch of study. Education is how we learn things. When you attend school, the education gets harder and harder each grade you move up. In my opinion the reason you should have an education is because it will help you move up to maybe become a scholar. In the poem, it states “ We argue about the price of pomegranates. I convince him it is the fruit of scholars .” This part of the poem shows that pomegranates are the fruit of scholars. Within countless opinions, the poem is stating that pomegranates are the fruit of scholars, meaning that they are possibly needed to be studied more about the fruit and that uses education. Education then may lead you to become a scholar but to answer the question, it does not necessarily make you a scholar. You may have some education but that won’t automatically make you a scholar.
Greatness has many different meanings to life. In my view, greatness is definitely way more than just a certain word people say on an everyday basis. It means to provide a purpose to someone who believes they have no purpose. It’s the deeds people do to make the world a better place for others. People can show greatness in many different ways by still keeping their own greatness, except they are showing their greatness to others. Another reference to the poem is “And when he leaves without benefit of fanfare or applause I shall have learned what little there is about greatness.” In my own self view, it is talking about how his father shows his greatness to others, but doesn’t ask for anything in return. He would share his greatness with the world and not worry about getting an applause or huge celebration. He shows his greatness because that is how he believes that he should live. It means a lot when people think about others before themselves. It shows quite a bit of citizenship when people are generous.
In my belief, the speaker is a father and a son. The author might be mid 20s or early 30s and his father would probably be 70s. The reason I believe that is how old he is because the author talks about how much he looks up to his father in his life. One detail that stood out to me was “ I ask him what he thinks about death and he says he will gladly face it when it comes but won’t jump out in front of a car. I’d gladly give my life for this man with a sixth grade education, whose kindness and patience are true…” This really went deep into my heart. In this statement, the father admits that he will face death when it comes to him but he would not jump in front of a car. The author says how he would gladly give his life up for a man (his father) because he has such great kindness and patience. In my opinion, he would like more people in the world like his father who show greatness in the world. Another part of the poem that made my heart warm is “The truth of it is, he’s the scholar, and when the bitter-hard reality comes at me like a punishing evil stranger, I can always remember that here was a man who was a worker and provider, who learned the simple facts in life and lived by them, who held no pretense.” This is a really strong part of the poem. My belief is that when the harsh side of reality comes at his son like a punishing evil stranger, he will remember that his father was a man that worked and provided. His father had also learned the simple facts that you should know in life and he lived by them as he grew up in the harsh world. When reading that it makes my heart all warm inside because as a father it should be your job to make sure your children look up to you. This father told his son ways of how he lived life when he was his age.
I think that this poem should be intended for audiences over 14. This poem really proves how much a father does for his children. It gets you thinking about how father’s do so much for us and sometimes we forget about everything they do for us and become caught up in ourselves. Fathers are a great thing to have in our lives because they are here for us and teach their children how they should live life and possibly how to change the world into a better place. In this poem, the father teaches his son how to deal with harsh reality and even how to show greatness in this world.
Personally I don’t think this poet has ever expressed his feelings to his father because if he had, his feelings would not be in a poem. Writing the way you feel about someone in a poem is a strong way of telling someone how much you care and love them. This poem really expresses a strong connection that his son feels about his father. He makes so many references about how his father is such a great man and left an incredible impact on how people act.