Euphemism In Hudgins's Poems

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The speaker further highlights the eagerness and positivity of his father towards death, "I think he wants to go,/ a little bit – a new desire/ to travel building up, an itch/ to see fresh worlds" (Hudgins 6-9). In addition, the speaker knows that his father has a positive outlook on death because of what heaven promises. Further evidence supports, as the speaker uses yet another euphemism for heaven, "to travel building up" (Hudgins 8), we can see how far he distances himself from his father 's religious beliefs. Unlike Thomas, who wants his father to, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" (Line 19), it can be inferred that Hudgins would rather have his father just not wonder about what lies "beyond this world" (Line 4). Further evidence …show more content…
Hudgins also wants the readers to know that one should not just belief in something for the betterment of someone 's own ideologies; they should stick to what they believe when it comes to that. The speaker declares that his beliefs will not be swayed by his father 's death, "I see myself on deck, convinced." (Hudgins 18). Hudgins uses a metaphor for his father 's death, "his ship 's gone down while he 's convinced" (Line 19). The father blissfully continues to his "journey" to the afterlife. The last two lines of the poem can be ambiguous. They suggest that he 'll see his father in heaven, "I 'll see him standing on the dock/ and waving, shouting, Welcome back." (Hudgins 20-21). It 's important to note the capitalization in the word, "Welcome" (Hudgins 21). This could be that the speaker may be waking from some sort of nightmare of his father dying, or it could be that the speaker of this poem now shares the religious ideas his father has of death. In the following poem at first the father seems willingly to just go into death, but he builds up the courage to "stand up" to death and not fear what may be unknown to him, as noted by the

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