The Clothespin Poem Analysis

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When I first read each of these poem I notice a very interesting difference between the two. While both of the poems are about relationships the major difference between the two are the specific type of relationship they each portray. In Your Hands by Gevorg Emin the relationship Gevorg portrays is a very loving and passionate one between the two people. While in The Clothespin by Rhonda Bower the feeling we get about the relationship is that the two people don’t really love each other and force each other to stay together. The way these two poems contrast each other is also indicative of how many real life relationship between people are. In some relationships the two partners have an eternal love for each other that never breaks.While other …show more content…
The first line of the poem goes “ I love your hands which hold me held me, for so many years without binding me” This first line of the poem has some very interesting and subtle wordplay going on. Gevorg starts the poem off with “hand which hold me” but then interestingly contrasts hold me by switching to the past tense version of hold aka held. This subtle little switch is not only just used to bridge the first part of the line with the last part, but also really adds more punch to the next part of the sentence. “For so many years without binding me” This part of the line is not only used to show that the couple have been together for many years, it also shows that for the many years the narrator has been with his partner he never felt trapped or bound by her. This problem of feeling trapped in a relationship is something many people go through and, is often the reason many couples break up or are unable to stay together long-term. Fortunately for these two they struck gold when it comes to being close. The next line of the poem is“hands which make me master without mastering me”The narrator feels like he is in control of his own life or “Master” as it is stated in the poem. His partner is …show more content…
It's very clear that this is true as many of the lines in the poem point the audience towards this conclusion. The first line of the poem is “Through the window I see Her, my neighbour” This first line help show us from whose perspective the poem is being told, which is the neighbor. It's very interesting to see the subject of this poem being told from an outsider like the neighbor. I believe that the reason Rhonda chose to tell the poem from an outsider's point of view is because she wanted us the reader to be able to put our self into the neighbor shoes. Most people have that one friend, or know someone who is in a terrible relationship and even though you know that they make a bad couple they just can’t seem to realize that. After the first line we starts to get more subtle information about the two people“She hangs his shirt. It thunders in the breeze” Thunders is used to contrast the more lifeless word of pale Rhonda uses to describe the women later in the poem. Additionally the word thunder might be used to subtly imply something about the man, that possibly he is an angry or violent person which could be why Ronda uses pale to describe the women in the next sentence. The next line is “Clasped by a clothes pin Beside her pale dress” clasped by a clothespin is the first hint Rhonda gives us to subtly

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