Collected Poems 1928-1985 by Stephen SpenderHere are two examples:
My parents kept me from children who were rough
Who threw words like stones and wore torn clothes
Their thighs shown through rags. They ran in the street
And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams.
I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron
Their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms
I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys
Who copied my lisp behind me on the road.
They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges
Like dogs to bark at my world. They threw mud
While I looked the other way, pretending to smile
I longed to forgive them but they never smiled.
He will watch the hawk with an indifferent eye
Nor on those eagles that so feared him, now
Will strain his brow;
Weapons men use, stone, sling and strong-thewed bow
He will not know.
This artistocrat, superb of all instinct,
With death close-linked
Had paced the enormous cloud, almost had won
War on the sun;
Till now, like Icarus mid-ocean-drowned,
Hands, wings, are found.
My Parents – Stephen Spender
A nephew of the Liberal journalist and biographer J. Above all, his poems expressed a self-critical, compassionate personality. In the following decades Spender, in some ways a more personal poet than his early associates, became increasingly more autobiographical, turning his gaze from the external topical situation to the subjective experience. In he was appointed professor of English at University College, London; he became professor emeritus in Leavitt ultimately revised his work, but not before a vitriolic airing of the controversy in the pages of the leading journals in London and New York. The Poetry Foundation. Spender could be using the poem as either a criticism or praise for his parents who protected him against the children in his neighbourhood who made fun of his disabilities.
By Stephen Spender. My parents kept me from children who were rough. Who threw words like stones and wore torn clothes. Their thighs showed through rags .
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My Parents by Stephen Spender is a poem based on bullying and the desire to make friends. Spender describes bullies and the feeling of being bullied throughout the poem. He elaborates on his feelings using the poetic devices of Enjambment, Imagery, and Similes. My Parents is in the first person and in an ambiguous point of view. The only thing Spender mentions about his parents is that they kept him away from these sinister boys who used to tease him. You can find the poem here.
My parents kept me from children who were rough Who threw words like stones and wore torn clothes Their thighs showed through rags they ran in the street And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams. They were lithe they sprang out behind hedges Like dogs to bark at my world. They threw mud While I looked the other way, pretending to smile. I longed to forgive them but they never smiled. Literary devices are tools the writers use to create meanings in their texts to enhance the poems or stories and connect the readers with the real message of the text. Stephen Spender has also given this poem depth and clarity with the appropriate use of these literary devices.
Spender also explores the complexities of bullying reflected in the rough actions made to the poet. In the second stanza, the poet further emphasizes the theme of bullying. The poet feels very hurt by them even though he envies their freedom which gives the stanza a sad tone. The bullies are then described as animals in stanza three which add on to their already savage like character. Spender puts himself in a position where he long to be like them but at the same time is being bullied by them. Like Like.