Once Upon A Time Poem Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Unlike “Piano,” “Once Upon A Time” was a free verse poem. The first three stanzas have the same general pattern where Okara starts by narrating the past and explaining how things used to be, but then he tells the negative reality, making the tone of the poem very sinister and bitter by using phrases such as “ice – block cold eyes” and “shake hands without hearts,” whereas in “Piano” there was a sinister undertone with the “insidious” sibilance. The mood of this poem for the majority of it was seriousness but at the ending, the mood changes to regret and you see how heartfelt the father’s desire to become like what he used to be. “So show me, son, how to laugh; show me how… I used to laugh and smile… once upon a time when I was like you.” The repetition in that extract emphasised the genuineness of his regret. A simile that Okara used to express his regret was “…my teeth like a snake’s bare fangs!” which shows who remorseful he feels by using a poisonous snake to represent his teeth. So we see that just as how Lawrence wants to return to his childhood for the memories, Okara wants to learn from his past by letting his son teach him how to show his true feelings …show more content…
In free verse poems, you tend to get the memories that was most impacted on you so the reflection becomes more fascinating. Although this poem was written in free verse, there was still a distinct separation between the two sections of the poem. That was presented in the repetition of the phrase “How I miss my father” where the first time, it seemed like she was sighing of deliberation and remorse. This remorse can also be linked in with the phrase “though many of my truths must have grieved him before the end.” She now recognised that what she disclosed might have upset him but the second time was with an exclamation mark, instead of a sigh, it appeared to be more like a wail. At this point she recalled and missed her father and the fun things about him. Finally there was the stanza that concludes poem which told us that she has become the woman that her father wanted her to

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