PosterG Ray at 13:27:13 11/20/97 from
RE DAVID HOR(󴼰) at 23:7:17 11/9/97 posted uJOURNALvSubject

>> These five poems are all talking about their family relationships, no matter what are between
>> father and son (My Papa's Waltz) or husband and wife (Aunt Jennefer's Tigers). It reveals the
>> different culture in East and West, for exmple, mother in "I Ask My Mother To Sing" and mother in
>> "My Papa's Waltz" show the different character and attitude to their family members. One is requested
>> to sing a song for her son , it makes me feel she is a kind mother . The other is selfish and narrow-
>> minded. Why? Because she can't share the joyment from the dancing of her husband and son. Maybe she
>> didn't want them to make the clean kitchen which she picked up mass and dirty again. I guess the song,
>> her mother and grandmother sang, must be a old Chinese folk song. The poet writted "I've never been
>> Peking, or the Summer Palace nor......Kuen Ming Lake," and "Both women have begun to cry. But neither
>> stop her song."-they must miss their mother country very much. Only the Chinese folk song make them
>> long for their country.(It might be the immigrators' sadness.)
>> The relationship between him and his father (My Papa's waltz) is quite close. My father never dance
>> with me, he may not dance ,any way. Although he might feel unconfortable to dance with his dad, he still
>> willingly play with him. We also got the keyword "romped" and "papa" in the poem, they can be showed how
>> intimate they are. About his mother, he called her so formally-"Mother", didn't like he called his father
>> -"Papa",so closely. She is jealous to her husband and son. Firstly, she was not happy that her husband
>> did not give her a sweet kiss but dance with their child. Secondly, she didn't join their dance, they let
>> her alone in the side and kitchen is regarded as the female's private place, not you males' place. You
>> have no right to play and dance here."No Admission for men,women only!" The poem is said"My mother's
>> countenance " instead of the simple word "face", it is the hint that the poet want us to pay attention-
>> his mother's countenance was so angry.
>> There are also two different kinds of character of two fathers. They reveal their love to their family
>> in different ways: the father in "My Papa's Waltz" directly show his love in playing and dancing with his
>> son, but the father in "Those Winter Sundays" transformed his love and care in the housework silently, did
>> not say "Oh, my dear baby! I love you so much." I guess he was quite a bit shamed.
>> Finally, I found an interesting place in "My Papa's Waltz". In the pronounciation of the last letter,
>> odd lines ars pronuoced the same tone and even lines are pronouced the same tone, such as line one-line three
>> and line two-line four. It is similar with the Chinese poem. Maybe it's a coincidence.
>> David, I'm just doing a test response for now. Let's see if this works. Ray


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