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Author: poem of R.S. Thomas Type: poem Views: 8

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Dear parents,
I forgive you my life,
Begotten in a drab town,
The intention was good;
Passing the street now,
I see still the remains of sunlight.

It was not the bone buckled;
You gave me enough food
To renew myself.
It was the mind's weight
Kept me bent, as I grew tall.

It was not your fault.
What should have gone on,
Arrow aimed from a tried bow
At a tried target, has turned back,
Wounding itself
With questions you had not asked.


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(could you please remove the other post and add this one instead? this is still the same analysis, i've just added my name and email adress. you can remove this upper part here too, please. thank you)


/What does the poem called "sorry" by R.S. Thomas say about his view of
his upbringing and what devices does the author use to convey his
message? In the following paragraphs, I am going to analyze the use of
figurative language in "Sorry" going through the poem stanza by stanza.

R.S. Thomas addresses his parents in the first stanza with "dear
parents". He starts his poem like a letter. "I forgive you my life" is
contradictory to the title "Sorry" because it says that he forgives his
parents but "sorry" means that he wants his parents to forgive him for
something he may have done. Then he goes on with describing his
childhood and how he had grown up. He makes clear that something in his
surroundings was bad, but it had not been his parents fault. I think he
wants to say that there still had been something good in his life, maybe
his parents,when he uses the metaphorical expression "I still see the
remains of sunlight" in verse 6.

In the second stanza, he is describing the deeper psychological problems
in the relationship between him and his parents. He uses "the bone
buckled" to give his problems with his parents a figure and "you gave me
enough food to renew myself" to show again that it is not his parents
fault. I think he wants to make sure that his parents understand that
something inside his mind is the problem when they read the poem.
Another expression for this is "it was the minds weight that kept me
bent, as i grew tall".

In the third stanza, R.S. Thomas uses an "arrow aimed from a tried bow"
which "has turned back, wounding itself with questions you had not
asked" to illustrate a problem, maybe a person in his life or maybe the
pain his parents caused him blindly. When he says, "With questions you
had not asked," he means that his parents simply do not see his problem,
who causes it, or who is responsible for it. All this leads me to the
conclusion that R.S. Thomas is addressing his parents in his poem
"Sorry". He wants to express that something is wrong but that it is not
his parents' fault.

I think that only R.S. Thomas and his parents are able to understand
this poem in it's completeness because it is a very confusing and
emotional poem and only they know what they feel inside their hearts.
This poem is very depressing and leads me to the supposition that he may
be thinking about committing suicide. In some parts, especially in the
beginning, it sounds like a farewell letter that wants to show how he is
fading out of life and how he never has had the possibility to unfold
his own personality, a personality trapped inside of him "as [he] grew
tall."/

by Julia Lotz
if you wanna discuss this poem with me or anyithing else you can email me: lichergirlie@yahoo.de

| Posted on 2007-10-15 | by a guest


.: analysis of Sorry :.


/What does the poem called "sorry" by R.S. Thomas say about his view of
his upbringing and what devices does the author use to convey his
message? In the following paragraphs, I am going to analyze the use of
figurative language in "Sorry" going through the poem stanza by stanza.

R.S. Thomas addresses his parents in the first stanza with "dear
parents". He starts his poem like a letter. "I forgive you my life" is
contradictory to the title "Sorry" because it says that he forgives his
parents but "sorry" means that he wants his parents to forgive him for
something he may have done. Then he goes on with describing his
childhood and how he had grown up. He makes clear that something in his
surroundings was bad, but it had not been his parents fault. I think he
wants to say that there still had been something good in his life, maybe
his parents,when he uses the metaphorical expression "I still see the
remains of sunlight" in verse 6.

In the second stanza, he is describing the deeper psychological problems
in the relationship between him and his parents. He uses "the bone
buckled" to give his problems with his parents a figure and "you gave me
enough food to renew myself" to show again that it is not his parents
fault. I think he wants to make sure that his parents understand that
something inside his mind is the problem when they read the poem.
Another expression for this is "it was the minds weight that kept me
bent, as i grew tall".

In the third stanza, R.S. Thomas uses an "arrow aimed from a tried bow"
which "has turned back, wounding itself with questions you had not
asked" to illustrate a problem, maybe a person in his life or maybe the
pain his parents caused him blindly. When he says, "With questions you
had not asked," he means that his parents simply do not see his problem,
who causes it, or who is responsible for it. All this leads me to the
conclusion that R.S. Thomas is addressing his parents in his poem
"Sorry". He wants to express that something is wrong but that it is not
his parents' fault.

I think that only R.S. Thomas and his parents are able to understand
this poem in it's completeness because it is a very confusing and
emotional poem and only they know what they feel inside their hearts.
This poem is very depressing and leads me to the supposition that he may
be thinking about committing suicide. In some parts, especially in the
beginning, it sounds like a farewell letter that wants to show how he is
fading out of life and how he never has had the possibility to unfold
his own personality, a personality trapped inside of him "as [he] grew
tall."/

| Posted on 2007-10-15 | by a guest




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