Lee at 15:58:29 6/18/98 from c550-6.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
When I was reading the poem, it gave me kind of surprise.
All we can see that this poem described a funeral.
The situation was serious, serene and a little bit
sorrowful atmosphere filled the air. I think the
speaker was a soul. He could see everybody but
no one can see or touch him. He saw that everyone
is in a rush to prepare for the funeral. After a moment,
a man attracted the speaker's notice. The man leaned
above the dead body; he seemed to tell the dead body something.
I guess the man was the speaker's father. He had many words
in his heart that he never said. Now it is useless to say anymore
because his child was dead. He just said "poor child, poor child"
than he turned away and came a deep silence.
When I read here, the sentences touch my heart very much.
The sentence "Came the deep silence" described very well.
The speaker did not tell us how sorrowful the man was;
he wanted us to imagine that. We can feel the father
love his child very much though he did not touch the shroud,
or raise the fold that hid the dead body's face,
or take the hand in his or ruffle the smooth pillows for
the dead body's head. I think the father was very sad.
To touch the child just deepens the sorrow of the father.
The speaker considered that his father did not love him
when he was alive but at last the speaker knew his father still loved him.
I think that the speaker's father did not know how to speak
or show how deep was his love. It is similar to "Those Winter Sundays".
In "Those Winter Sundays" the father got up early on Sundays
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold. He wanted to make
the rooms warm and did not awake the children.
What a thoughtful father he is! However, the children
spoke indifferently to him. Maybe the children always
thought their father is a serious man and often yelled at
them but they never thought that how their father
cared about them. At last the speaker realized the truth
and his foolish thoughts. The child in " Those Winter Sundays "
is similar to the child in " After Death." In " After Death "
at the last sentence, " the father is warm, he always
does everything for his child but the speaker is cold.
It means that the speaker was dead and also means that
he was always indifferent to his father.
Although the speaker knew that his father loves him,
it was too late because he was dead. I think that we
have to show filial obedience for our parents while we can do it.
If we lose the chance, we will feel regret forever. After read this poem, I suddenly have a desire to go back home. Most of us tend to take our parents' love for granted. Does anyone ever think about that how priceless to have our parents' love?