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“In the Garden” –Lawrence Raab. By: James O’Malley. Biography. Birth Date: May 8, 1946 From Pittsfield, MA. Family- Married to Judith Ann Michaels, Daughter: Jennifer Professor- teaches English and Poetry Currently continues to read poetry. Symbols. Garden=Heaven Adam and Eve=Parents

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In the garden lawrence raab

“In the Garden” –Lawrence Raab

By: James O’Malley


Biography

Biography

  • Birth Date: May 8, 1946

  • From Pittsfield, MA.

  • Family- Married to Judith Ann Michaels, Daughter: Jennifer

  • Professor- teaches English and Poetry

  • Currently continues to read poetry


Symbols

Symbols

  • Garden=Heaven

  • Adam and Eve=Parents

  • Flowers=Children

  • Change in Seasons=Growth of Life


Explication

Explication

  • Before the Fall

    Adam and Eve tended the garden,

    Pruning and ordering,

    And when they slept

    The lavish trees and shrubs grew

    Just enough to require attention

  • Adam and Eve watch over the children as they grow.

  • Like flowers the spirits and emotions of kids need to be trimmed and taken care of.


Explication1

Explication

  • They didn’t call it work.

    It was what they did,

    Being part of a plan

    They couldn’t see the shape of.

    But they must have felt

    How pleased God was to observe them.

    One day was what they had, the same day,

  • It’s not a job to raise kids but a way of life.

  • God is happy with what Adam and Eve (Parents in general) are doing with children.


Explication2

Explication

  • In which they worked separately.

    At night did they dream? I think

    They could not have dreamt,

    Since the past was the same

    As the future—neither hope

    Nor despair, only tendrils

  • Life is stuck in time

  • Man separates from Female


Explication3

Explication

  • And branches, the heaviness

    Of flowers leaning over the path

    That led from the man to the woman

    And which, each day, needed to be cleared.

  • Children start to become adults

  • Still needed their parents throughout their life, on certain occasions.


Literary terms

Literary Terms

  • Before the Fall Symbols: Adam and Eve, Garden, Trees, and flowers.

    Adam and Eve tended the garden,

    Pruning and ordering,

    And when they slept Feminine Rhyme: words that rhyme using -ing

    The lavish trees and shrubs grew

    Just enough to require attention

  • They didn’t call it work.

    It was what they did, Enjambment: the running on of thought from a couplet without syntactical break.

    Being part of a plan

    They couldn’t see the shape of.

    But they must have felt

    How pleased God was to observe them. Simile: a comparison between two things, using like or as.

    One day was what they had, the same day,

  • In which they worked separately.

    At night did they dream? I think

    They could not have dreamt,

    Since the past was the same

    As the future—neither hope

    Nor despair, only tendrils

  • And branches, the heaviness

    Of flowers leaning over the path

    That led from the man to the woman

    And which, each day, needed to be cleared.


Personal analysis

Personal Analysis

1.

  • Adam and Eve are parents that raise their children through life.

    2.

  • Adam and Eve- Man vs. Female

  • Work together at first but then split up

  • Flowers are obstructions between the man and women


Critical analysis

Critical Analysis

  • “…they [Raab’s poems] perfectly capture the persistent inner voice that provides a play-by-play account of one’s life…” (Seaman).

  • “Lawrence Raab’s gracefully haunting poems explore the fine lines of our temporal lives, between distance and intimacy, limits and possibilities, present and past…” (“Lawrence Raab”).

  • “Free-verse poet Lawrence Raab has published six volumes of his work, which uses simple, everyday language to explore a wide range of large, complicated issues” (“Lawrence Raab”).


Works cited

Works Cited

  • Donna, Seaman. “New and Selected Poems.” Visible Signs. 99.15 (28 Apr. 2003). 2 pp. 4 Apr. 2013 <http://search.proquest.com/docview/234498547/13DB8CBC9744E693493/6?acountd>

  • “Lawrence Raab.” Contemporary Authors Online. (28 Oct. 2003). 3 pp. 16 Apr. 2013

  • “Lawrence Raab.” The Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2013. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/lawrence-raab>

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