Analysis Of This Hour And What Is Dead By Li-Young Lee

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Li- Young Lee poem This Hour and What is Dead seems to be filled with heartache and memorization from the death of his brother and father. Due to the format the poem is written it can be inferred that Lee use the Lord and other phrases as his connection to help humanize what can be looked at as a dream of the person he has talked about in each stanza. Li- Young does a tremendous job at using specific words to help allow the audience of this poem to visualize each scenario he is stating throughout the poem. This is important because, if something can be visualized in someone 's head it can be perceived as non- fiction easier even if it is really fiction. When Lee writes " Tonight my brother, in heavy boots, is walking through bare rooms over …show more content…
With this being such a normal act it is never questioned at the beginning if the author 's brother is alive or dead. The use of common acts throughout the poem gives a sense of realization to the reader. Lee also does this when he talks about his dad and how he can remember his father mending the holes of boys pants. This is important because as the poem is continued to be read as if it is reality versus a dream. Once the reader gets more in depth of the poem it becomes obvious that his brother and father are dead and this is a dream. He starts to ask questions pertaining to his brother walking around which are " what could he be looking for in an empty house and what could he possibly need there in heaven?" (1) After this is stated you know that the poem cannot be considered to be a memory or an actual living situation that has happened. These questions, help prove the poem is a dream because the questions that are asked can only be asked in a dream do to the author 's brother being dead. It could be stated that it is not a dream and it is a living situation and the brother is a ghost and that is how the questions are able to be asked and the brother can still be walking around. This theory is flawed …show more content…
And what is alive at the time is burning because when someone has a dream about a loved one who is deceased can cause a burning feeling inside making you want to cry. After the stanza where Lee talks about his father, he states "At this hour, what is dead is worried and what is living is fugitive." (1) The role of a father is to protect, care and be the one to worry about their children. This sentence allows us to see into Li-Young dream to when he sees his father during the things he did when he was alive. When a family remembers dies it is always hope that they left in peace and are not worried about the earthly things or the family they left behind. The only times it can physically see these things and be able to tell the feelings behind it is when it is in a book when it is third person omniscient or in a dream. Lee places the role of the what is living is fugitive. Out of his brother and father he is the one who is actually free from all of the feelings and hurt that the deed is feeling in his dream. In the final stanzas Lee is waking up from the dream he is hurt and is feeling all of the pain from the dream he has had. He starts to say the he does not want the Lords love anymore because he feels that his love is what takes away the loved ones in his life. Lee has

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