Annotated Bibliography – Death of a Young Son by Drowning
Artwood, Margaret. Death of a Young Son by Drowning. 2011. 23 November 2014 .
The article under discussion is a poem. The poet describes the circumstances that led to the drowning of the persona’s son. At the beginning we are informed of the prowess that the son possessed whenever he went out into the dangerous river where to him it was all about seeking a sense of adventure and discovery. The persona describes the final fruitless acts of trying to save the drowning son after he slid on the bank and was soon consumed by the waters. It is interesting to point out the criticism that the persona had towards her son; she acknowledges the fact that indeed the area was foreign and that the son was all too reckless in plying his curiosity in such as area. The selected poem is an interesting addition for literature classes for a number of reasons. Throughout the poem, the poet is keen on avoiding the direct reference to any form of emotion towards the audience. Instead, she uses imagery to infuse the emotions into the geography of the place. For example, through the use of geography (imagery), the leaner is in a better position to understand the use of juxtaposition in poems. Case in point is the admission by the persona of her naivety in the waters as compared to the son who had prowess. Moreover, we are exposed to a theme of alienation by the reference of the drowning to a distant region to imply that the person was also in deep thoughts. Suffice to say that the article exudes periods of complete camouflage of emotions hence making it relevant in using the poem in studying the use of imagery in class. Indeed the article holds a high credibility for studies considering the poet, Margret Atwood has written over fifty books touching on children’s literature and poetry.
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