Essay on Analysis Of ' My Father 's Garden ' By David Wagoner

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Analysis of “My Father’s Garden” “My Father’s Garden,” by David Wagoner is a poem about a child who reminisces about his or her father’s life. The speaker thinks back on his or her father’s work, his hobbies, and his education in this poignant tribute. With the author’s use of metaphors, similes, and alliteration, the poem emerges as a cautionary tale to show the impact of industrialization.
With an extensive use of metaphors, Wagoner emphasizes the environment the father works in each day. To begin with, the speaker describes his father’s workplace as an “open hearth” (line 1). This description of the father’s workplace evokes a feeling of heat and fire. As the poem goes on, the reader finds out that it is a steel mill the child is describing. The specific diction the author uses helps to show the steel mill as a terrible place. The speakers choice of words relate to hell, with words like “demons” (3) and “satanic cauldrons” (line 5). The portrayal of the steel mill as hell has a very strong effect on the reader. Hell is typically reserved for those who are being punished for wrongdoing, a place many of us hope to never see. If the author used less harsh words, then the reader would never know how the child felt. By using words like “blazing” (4) and “demons” (3) we are able to get the full effect of just how dangerous and scary the steel mill is for the child. The author also uses metaphors to describe the father’s favorite hobby, a great diversion from…

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