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Eating Alone Analysis

Author: poem of Li-Young Lee Type: poem Views: 8

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I've pulled the last of the year's young onions.

The garden is bare now.  The ground is cold,

brown and old.  What is left of the day flames

in the maples at the corner of my

eye.  I turn, a cardinal vanishes.

By the cellar door, I wash the onions,

then drink from the icy metal spigot.

Once, years back, I walked beside my father

among the windfall pears.  I can't recall

our words.  We may have strolled in silence.  But

I still see him bend that way—left hand braced

on knee, creaky—to lift and hold to my

eye a rotten pear.  In it, a hornet

spun crazily, glazed in slow, glistening juice.

It was my father I saw this morning

waving to me from the trees.  I almost

called to him, until I came close enough

to see the shovel, leaning where I had

left it, in the flickering, deep green shade.

White rice steaming, almost done.  Sweet green peas

fried in onions.  Shrimp braised in sesame

oil and garlic.  And my own loneliness.

What more could I, a young man, want.


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In the poem we can clearly see that he is morning his loss of his father. He regrets cooking his father in the pot and braising him. He feels sadness and thinks of his father, while he eats alone.

| Posted on 2015-02-18 | by a guest

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This poem is sad to me because the man lost his father. He doesn\'t say how he felt but he was definitly feeling sad because he has no one to be with. sometimes when people have noone their health conitions become bad. maybe when his father was no longer with him he felt that he never got to express his feelings to his father about how much he actually loved him.

| Posted on 2011-04-08 | by a guest

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He misses his father and learns what it\'s like to be alone. He has a hard time adjusting to lonliness. He compares other things to what he feels. Refer to the first stanza

| Posted on 2010-10-13 | by a guest

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He likes onions a lot. He fired snow peas with them. Or were they green peas. His father was a shovel. He is alone.

| Posted on 2010-01-28 | by a guest

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