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The Writer Analysis



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


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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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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This poem is about the writing process. The first metaphor, all the nautical images, the speaker realizes are too trite. He then develops the trapped bird metaphor, which is deadly right - if writing is taken seriously, it is a matter of life or death, also that writing is not easy either; many times we hit our heads and die before finding the breakthrough, i.e. the light.

| Posted on 2010-09-03 | by a guest


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Sometimes a struggle is for life or death. Even if it isn't, (which to an adult the struggles of adolescence may often seem trival, and are downplayed by parents)here in the poem the narrator or speaker realizes that struggles can be life and death to the struggler if seriously engaged in. The daughter is seriously engaged in solving the problems of her life, and realizing how engaged in the struggle of her unique life and situation he wishes her a lucky passage. He wishes her the freedom new discoveries make. It is a hope she will soar and find a smooth course, take the right "window" into her future life. The "window" that will let her clear the sill of the world. Now, what is the sill of the world. All that traps and holds a person back from being their true, unique self? Or any bad luck that may happen to her. I think the autor hops sh may have resilence and strength.

| Posted on 2010-05-17 | by a guest


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The theme is about the relationshio between the father and daughter.The father can only point her in the right direction and can't make her decisions for her.He feels as if she is trapped like the bird once ago but its her decision to stay in the room!

| Posted on 2010-02-23 | by a guest


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I believe the poem is saying that the daughter should take it easy and slow down as like the bird who took a moment(evident on line 29) to think over and found the open window... He is saying to her that not everything is of life or death and that he has forgotten this(last lines), meaning he realizes that not everything should be weighed so heavily.

| Posted on 2010-01-15 | by a guest


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The topic of the poem i believe is on acceptance, in the way that the father can only guide her daughter towards the right direction in life, but cannot make the descisions for her. I feel that the tone is also one of acceptance for the same reason, my theme was described in more simple terms above.

| Posted on 2009-12-07 | by a guest


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This poet was either a mother or father who compares their daughter indirectly to a bird in a cage. They want to keep her safe, but need to let her learn for herself; outside of her room. The daughter’s persistence in her writing encourages the parent that she is ready.

| Posted on 2009-10-16 | by a guest


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I believe that the speaker of the poem either mother or father is comparing the daughter a trapped bird. The speaker sees she is struggling to find her way just like the bird trapped in the room. And wishes that she find her way or her own path.

| Posted on 2009-04-16 | by a guest


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I believe it is a naturalistic-drama, the protagonist is actually the daughter due to her major conflict in the poem.

| Posted on 2009-02-24 | by a guest


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this poem is about how the father wishes he could steer her in the right pathin life but the ocean is a sea of addoleance where the sea can triumph.and the father wishses her well on the passage which is her life.

| Posted on 2008-10-15 | by a guest


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the poem's speaker is a father who is telling a story of how he sees his daghter struggle as a writer through the use of symbolism.
often than not,the speaker of the poem is not the author. but i've read somewhere that the speaker here, is actually richard wilbur himself.

| Posted on 2008-10-09 | by a guest


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Hello.
I am not a very deep person when it comes to analyzing poetry, but I think this poem is about a father who at first did not want his daughter to become a writer. His daughter reminds him of a bird that was trapped in her room and kept on persevering to try and get out into the "real" world. Seeing his daughter persevere in writing her book, and by seeing how much emotion and passion she puts into her writing, he now is happy that she does it.
Sorry if this confused you more

| Posted on 2008-05-21 | by a guest


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A man is telling about his daughter writing a book and how he hears her typing and it affects him emotionally. He says even the house seems to hear and react to her typing. It reminds him of a starling bird that was trapped in her room 2 years ago and how they let it out the window.

| Posted on 2008-05-18 | by a guest


.: the writer :.

What Type of poem is this? What is the Topic of this poem? What is the Tone and the Theme of the poem?

| Posted on 2008-02-14 | by a guest




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