Date of publication: 2017-07-09 11:54
Of what was she not supposed to be reminded?
What was the secret that was so well guarded?
My parents were with me at home
but where were mom 8767 s parents? how come she was alone?
There were stories of a horrible train
which mom told with a great deal of pain
I knew that her parents came to a terrible fate
That had something to do with bigotry and hate
What is your profession ?
And I have turned my twenty-three years of learning on her. We went to Hungary last year, she and I, as well as my parents. For her, it was the first time she would return in close to sixty years.
Mom would wake up every morning
and sort of go into mourning
Where is her family and Galanta, she tried to shout
Do you know what this is about?
A critic by the name of R. Baxter Miller says In this poem the woman also represents the continuation of the race. Having given life to the next generation, the mother represents a figure of female strength, affirmation and generational continuity. Another critic by the name of James Baldwin says, Hughes is at his best in lyrics like Mother to Son. The poem''s lyrics elements include a first person speaker, an expression of intense personal emotion and a belief in spiritual transcendence of time and early circumstance. Both critics are correct and within the poem you can see exactly what they are referring to. The tone of the poem is full of love but also has intense warning. The mother wants the best for her son and Hughes clearly depicts that within his poem.
So I would go on to school
dressed up like a fool
In Khaki shorts and a white shirt
which had so much starch that it actually hurt
US kids took turns standing by a Yahrzeit candle
each one for a little while
back then, in Israel,
that was the style
I tried my best to look sad
as I stood by the candle
But my friends would tell jokes
that were too funny to handle
So I would start to smile
but just for a while
Pretty soon my shift was done
and now it was time to really have some fun
Some other kid took my place
he stood by the candle and made a serious face
So I tried to make him laugh
by saying all sorts of funny stuff
The other day I went for a run
on the Lakeshore, under the sun
with a Walkman and a bottle of Evian
what can I say, it was a lot of fun
But can you imagine running all night
the SS guard has you in his sight
the machine gun is fired
if you get tired
Looking at all of this now
I am beginning to see how
The Nazis tried to destroy the flame and the spark
and they almost managed to make it totally dark
But somehow our parents managed to survive
and they made it to the free world alive
We were all kids of the second generation
and our parents brought us to the Israeli nation
I went to a Hebrew school with a Jewish 8775 in crowd 8776
And of that, we can all feel very proud
Standing by a candle so many years later
I feel the tears which were masked by laughter
A few days after Elie 8767 s operation
the Nazis announce an evacuation
should they leave or should they stay?
what 8767 s the right answer, who can say?
they must decide
there is no place to hide
I am a psychology graduate student. My grandmother is Hungarian and, although she left Hungary right before the war, she lost many relatives including her parents and two siblings. I wrote the following personal essay at the beginning of this year. Would you pleasepost it in the Cybrary?
As a kid I learned not to ask
which was not always an easy task
Until this very day, I 8767 m missing details
there are only a few, very sketchy tales
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