Essay about Life Is A Mixed Blessing

924 Words Jan 13th, 2015 4 Pages
Life is a mixed blessing. We rejoice in the good moments, and curse the bad moments. “Advice to My Son” by Peter Meinke and “Elegy for My Father, Who is Not Dead” by Andrew Hudgins explores the beauty of life and the doubt of a cheery ultimate goodbye. Meinke and Hudgins explore the themes of life and death by means of different perspectives. Through opinions of father to son or son to father, the image of life and death are portrayed. The secret to life may be more difficult than one believes it to be. In “Advice to My Son,” the father explores the dangers and delights of life. The first two lines quote, “The trick is, to live your days as if each one may be your last” (Line1-2). The father, using the word trick, makes the poem sound like a secret rather than advice on how to live, contradicting the title “Advice to My Son.” Though one should live each day like the last, he then exclaims, “But at the same time, plan long range” (Line 5). The father continues the poem with opposing aspects of life such as temporary versus long term and practical versus idealistic. The peony and the rose are idealistic since one would like beauty, however, the spinach and tomatoes are more practical. Oneself does crave more than what one has, but one is still suppose to seek pleasurable things. The last lines state, “But son, always serve wine” (Line 22-23). This means to rejoice life with a celebration and toast to a life well lived. With the fragile and broken pieces, there…

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