Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' Child Beater ' By Rebecca Foust

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Rebecca Foust and Ai are both great poets. Ai was born in 1947 and passed away in 2010. She wrote a lot of realistic dramatic monologues (Gwynn, 360). Ai wrote “Child Beater” in 1973. This poem is about a mother that abuses her daughter. It can raise a lot of emotion in readers. Rebecca Foust was born in 1957 in Altoona, Pennsylvania and is still alive today. She had a job as an attorney, but later quit her job and became a stay at home mom. As a stay at home mom she began to write poems about raising her autistic son (Gwynn, 395). Foust wrote a poem titled “Family Story” in 2009. This poem was about a single mother that raised multiple children with very little help. Throughout the following essay “Child Beater” and “Family Story” will be compared along with a few methods of poetry used in both poems. The speakers, imagery, and themes of each poem will be the three methods of poetry compared. The speaker of a poem is the voice behind the story being told. Speakers are often used to tell a story from a certain perspective. Imagery is a literary device used to trigger human senses of smell, touch, sight, sound, and taste. Imagery can also provoke emotion in readers. The theme of a poem can be considered the message that writers are trying to convey to their readers. The speakers of both poems told two completely different stories from two different perspectives. The speaker of “Child Beater” is most likely a mother whom abuses her child. There are a few lines throughout the…

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