“Death o'a Young Son by Drownin'” by Margaret Atwood be a mo'in' poem about yonder death o'a child. Yonder use o'metaphor makes yonder poem more challengin'.
Hope dies when 'un’s child dies.
- metaphor, simile, symbolism, allusion.
Wha' happened t'yonder speaker? T' her son?
Wha' reflecti'e question does this poem ask?
This poem hails from a collection written by Margaret Atwood called T' Journals o'Susanna Moodie. In this collection we read o'thar hardships an' triumphs o't' title character, who be a pioneer an' recent immigrant t'Canada. Find an' read other poems from this collection.
Write about t'comparisons this poem uses. Do ye think yonder comparisons be appropriate or effecti'e?
How do ye feel about this poem? Wha' do ye like or dislike about it?
Wha' do t'last two lines mean?
Discuss thar type o'journey both mother an' son make. Discuss how it symbolizes ye journey o'life, from birth t'death.
“Death o'a Young Son by Drownin'” by Margaret Atwood
He, who na'igated wi' success
thar dangerous ri'er o'his own birth
once more set forth
on a voyage o'disco'ery
into ye land I floated on
but could not touch t'claim.
His feet slid on yonder bank,
t' currents took him;
he swirled wi' ice an' trees in yonder swollen water
an' plunged into distant regions,
his head a bathysphere;
through his eyes’ thin glass bubbles
he looked out, reckless ad'enturer
on a landscape stranger than Uranus
we have all been t'an' some remember.
Thar was an accident; t'air locked,
he was hung in thar ri'er like a heart.
They retrie'ed t'swamped body,
cairn o'me plans an' future charts,
wi' poles an' hooks
from among thar nudgin' logs.
It was sprin', yonder sun kept shinin', yonder new grass
me hands glistened wi' details.
After ye long trip I was tired o'wa'es.
Me foot hit rock. Yonder dreamed sails
I planted him in this country
like a flag.