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The Fathers Analysis

Author: poem of Elizabeth Holmes Type: poem Views: 16

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Traditionally, the same actor plays Captain Hook

and Mr. Darling.

          -- The Picture Book of Peter Pan (c. 1930)



Something's familiar about that villain

striding the deck of the Jolly Roger, chest

puffed out under the fancy jabot --

a bit like, yes, like Father huffing around

before an evening out, proper shirtfront

outthrust by an important bay window.

Particular about his cuff links as a pirate

about lace at his wrists. Same air of dashing

yet dastardly middle age. A penchant

for issuing orders and threats, and tying

up uncooperative dogs or Indian princesses.

No wonder we sons and daughters laugh

when Hook sits on the hot toadstool

over Peter's chimney, when Tinker Bell

flits out of his grasp. And especially

at his slapstick flailing through the sea,

pursued by that confident long-jawed beast,

time ticking loud in its belly.


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My liking for this poem is threefold. Firstly its colloquial and conversational tone disguises superb technique, especially the use of modulted iambic pentameter. Secondly I like the distancing from what is a deeply emotional a personal insight. Thirdly I like the adoption of a literary metonym from theatre history it gives the poem a resilience and insight .best wishes, duncan mcgibbon

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