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Author: poem of Richard Wilbur Type: poem Views: 25

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In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing
>From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys
Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff
Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:
I wish her a lucky passage.

But now it is she who pauses,
As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.
A stillness greatens, in which

The whole house seems to be thinking,
And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor
Of strokes, and again is silent.

I remember the dazed starling
Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;
How we stole in, lifted a sash

And retreated, not to affright it;
And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,
We watched the sleek, wild, dark

And iridescent creature
Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove
To the hard floor, or the desk-top,

And wait then, humped and bloody,
For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits
Rose when, suddenly sure,

It lifted off from a chair-back,
Beating a smooth course for the right window
And clearing the sill of the world.

It is always a matter, my darling,
Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish
What I wished you before, but harder.


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The Writer
Richard Wilbur’s poem The Writer, he explores the idea of internal struggle. The speaker, sits in the role of parent, as his daughter wrestles with the world. Throughout the poem the speaker refers to the house as though it were a ship using words and phrases like, prow and gunwale. In noting this it seems as though the speaker is implying that him and his daughter have created a world of their own with in their house after struggling through a, or a series of hardships. And, now that she is growing up she is forced to re-examine these battles as well as her sense of identity which can be shown in the line, “Young as she is, the stuff of her life is a great cargo, some of it heavy. I wish her a lucky passage” (lines7-9). The last part of that excerpt, “I with her a lucky passage” (line 9), the speaker could be referring to two things; one being safe or “lucky” journey through life. Or, on a different level, he is wishing her luck on her journey of self-exploration. He then goes on to include this line, “But now it is she who pauses,” (line 10) followed later by, “The whole house seems to be thinking,” as if to describe the weight of her thought and its effect on their home. The speaker then goes on to talk about a memory he has from two years prior. He recalls how a starling (a small bird) gets trapped in the room the daughter is currently sitting in. he talks about how the bird struggled repeatedly to find the open window, writing, “We watched the sleek, wild, dark and iridescent creature batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove to the hard floor, or the desk-top,”(21-24), almost as though he is describing the daughter with her “heavy cargo” trying to find her way in to the real world. Finally he describes the bird leaving the lifting off and making it through the window, with the line, “And clearing the sill of the world” (Line 30) possibly describing the ending he hopes for his daughter. In the last stanza he speaks directly to his daughter through the poem and says, “It is always a matter, my darling, of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish what I wished you before, but harder” (line 31-33). In addressing he daughter he tells that it is always a matter of life or death, in that everything matters and everyone and everything has a story and a right to tell that story. In his last line the speaker says “I wish what I wished you before, but harder” (line 32-33) recalling an emphasizing the line “I wish her a lucky passage” from above, however now, after recalling the memory of the bird, he feels even more strongly about it. He has an undying hope for her as well as an understanding for the journey she has under taken in the discovery of herself.

| Posted on 2015-05-28 | by a guest


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The Writer
Richard Wilbur’s poem The Writer, he explores the idea of internal struggle. The speaker, sits in the role of parent, as his daughter wrestles with the world. Throughout the poem the speaker refers to the house as though it were a ship using words and phrases like, prow and gunwale. In noting this it seems as though the speaker is implying that him and his daughter have created a world of their own with in their house after struggling through a, or a series of hardships. And, now that she is growing up she is forced to re-examine these battles as well as her sense of identity which can be shown in the line, “Young as she is, the stuff of her life is a great cargo, some of it heavy. I wish her a lucky passage” (lines7-9). The last part of that excerpt, “I with her a lucky passage” (line 9), the speaker could be referring to two things; one being safe or “lucky” journey through life. Or, on a different level, he is wishing her luck on her journey of self-exploration. He then goes on to include this line, “But now it is she who pauses,” (line 10) followed later by, “The whole house seems to be thinking,” as if to describe the weight of her thought and its effect on their home. The speaker then goes on to talk about a memory he has from two years prior. He recalls how a starling (a small bird) gets trapped in the room the daughter is currently sitting in. he talks about how the bird struggled repeatedly to find the open window, writing, “We watched the sleek, wild, dark and iridescent creature batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove to the hard floor, or the desk-top,”(21-24), almost as though he is describing the daughter with her “heavy cargo” trying to find her way in to the real world. Finally he describes the bird leaving the lifting off and making it through the window, with the line, “And clearing the sill of the world” (Line 30) possibly describing the ending he hopes for his daughter. In the last stanza he speaks directly to his daughter through the poem and says, “It is always a matter, my darling, of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish what I wished you before, but harder” (line 31-33). In addressing he daughter he tells that it is always a matter of life or death, in that everything matters and everyone and everything has a story and a right to tell that story. In his last line the speaker says “I wish what I wished you before, but harder” (line 32-33) recalling an emphasizing the line “I wish her a lucky passage” from above, however now, after recalling the memory of the bird, he feels even more strongly about it. He has an undying hope for her as well as an understanding for the journey she has under taken in the discovery of herself.

| Posted on 2015-05-28 | by a guest


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Not much to offer, but I found this poem under the allegory section of my copy of Sound and Sense by Perrine. I think the poem might be much deeper than just a father and his writer daughter, which from just glassing the surface of the poem, it might appear to be. Keep digging!

| Posted on 2014-11-13 | by a guest


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Its about a father watching his daughter grow up and experience life as it really is

| Posted on 2014-06-14 | by a guest


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This poem is not about her father or her being a writer, you idiots. It\'s about how the daughter is in her adolescent stage, going through life, adding to her story. As in her life story. Everyone has \"their story\" that they write with the incidents that happen in their lifetime. The father is watching her grow. He does not want to trap her anymore or hold her down and keep her from her independence and experiencing things she wants to experience afraid that she will become wild later on in her life because she felt trapped. So, he gives in and lets her go and allows her to do just that.

| Posted on 2012-11-07 | by a guest


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From what I gathered, this seemed to be about a father who watches his daughter (who is a writer) go through an illness or some sort of disease, until one day she dies.
Considering my age (still in high school), and my experience with analysis (this year only), I would not put much stock in the validity of this analysis. This is just to give an extra, wide-open view, on this poem... to evoke thoughts, so to speak...

| Posted on 2012-10-25 | by a guest


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This Poem is about a father who is a writer and whose daughter also wants to be a writer. At first the father wishes his daughter an easy passage through life, but this notion seems to be rejected by her But now it is she who pauses, As if to reject my thought and its easy figure. This makes him realize that you cannot be a good writer if you have an easy life, hardships and life lessons is what makes a good writer. Now the father reconsiders his initial wishes I wish what I wished you before, but harder.

| Posted on 2012-01-24 | by a guest


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I think it touches my heart becuase of all the crap thats in here

| Posted on 2011-12-06 | by a guest


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I went on this website to figure out what this poem meant and I believe that I can add to these ideas to make sense of this puzzling poem
The father is obviously a writer who is talking about his daughter who also happens to be a writer. He knows that growing up is hard and wishes that she let all her problems out in her writings, but she is in a sort of slump and is trying to dig out of it. Then he remembers when he was in a slump with his writing two years ago (he is the bird) and finally found his way out. That is what he is wishing his daughter would do to because he knows that this writers block (slump) can be very frustrating and cause defeat, as it almost did to him.

| Posted on 2011-11-29 | by a guest


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I believe the poem\'s speaker is a father, but aslo an accomplished writer. He begins by trying to compare his daughter\'s life and future career to a ship, but this was an \"easy figure\". Because the daughter believes he can do better, he comes up with another analogy. He then compares her to a caged bird in a room. He can teach her all of the skills to become a great writer, he can open a window, but he cannot guide his daughter, the bird, to fly out of the window

| Posted on 2011-10-25 | by a guest


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simple in one line the poet wants to say that first success in life i.e (clearing the sill of the world) is the matter of life and death, one must worked hard to be successful initially..

| Posted on 2011-04-10 | by a guest


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This poem is about all the haters on the internets. lololololololo

| Posted on 2011-04-05 | by a guest


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Her writing is her battle with life. In writing she struggles with the challenges of adolescence. Initially the speaker is concerned by this. he feels she is trapping herself into her room, or her thoughts (like a chain hauled..) and genuinely wishes her a smooth path to adulthood/freedom from the constraints of her adolescent life. The memory of the bird struggling for freedom causes the speaker to have an epiphany. He realises that the birds battle to be free eventually gives it the strength to soar to great heights. He concludes that in order to be fully free, one must be able to contend with life\'s chains/constraints. Paradoxically in dealing with imprisonment, freedom can be achieved. (it is either life or death, I forgot) He recognises at the end of the poem that the child\'s choice to be a writer can potentailly cause her imprsonment and freedom. He wishes that freedom be borne from her choice to write

| Posted on 2011-03-30 | by a guest


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Her writing is her battle with life. In writing she struggles with the challenges of adolescence. Initially the speaker is concerned by this. he feels she is trapping herself into her room, or her thoughts (like a chain hauled..) and genuinely wishes her a smooth path to adulthood/freedom from the constraints of her adolescent life. The memory of the bird struggling for freedom causes the speaker to have an epiphany. He realises that the birds battle to be free eventually gives it the strength to soar to great heights. He concludes that in order to be fully free, one must be able to contend with life\'s chains/constraints. Paradoxically in dealing with imprisonment, freedom can be achieved. (it is either life or death, I forgot) He recognises at the end of the poem that the child\'s choice to be a writer can potentailly cause her imprsonment and freedom. He wishes that freedom be borne from her choice to write

| Posted on 2011-03-30 | by a guest


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now i ain\'t no fan of poetry but i see that it\'s about a father who struggled with his daughter, and after 2 years of struggling and guiding her to the right path she might have died i don\'t know but when it says
\"rose when, suddenly sure,
It lifted off from a chair-back,
Beating a smooth course for the right window...\"
correct me if im wrong but that\'s what i think

| Posted on 2010-12-01 | by a guest




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