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Poem The Living Photograph

Poem The Living Photograph: Meaning, Themes, Moral Values and Moral Lesson

Meaning
My small grandmother is tall there,
The persona is describing her grandmother in the photograph (tall : healthy & well)

straight-back, white broderie anglaise shirt,
pleated skirt, flat shoes, grey bun,
Her physical appearance (straight-back) & what she wears (very neat & proper) Note: broderie anglaise is French for ‘English embroidery’

a kind, old smile round her eyes.
Her smile shows that she is kind & gentle

Her big hand holds mine,
Her grandmother is loving & caring

white hand in black hand.
The white hand belongs to her grandmother & the black hand is the persona’s (togetherness)

Her sharp blue eyes look her own death in the eye.
Her grandmother’s vision is still good but she is actually dying

It was true after all; that look.
‘that look’ refers to the look of someone dying

My tall grandmother became small.
Her back round and hunched.
Her grandmother’s condition got worse when she was sick and dying

Her soup forgot to boil.
She was too ill to take care of herself

She went to the awful place grandmothers go.
She died

Somewhere unknown, unthinkable.
The place her grandmother was sent to(afterlife) – was a mystery to the persona

But there she is still,
in the photo with me at three,
The persona is looking at the photograph of her grandmother and her when she was three years old

the crinkled smile is still living, breathing.
To her, the memory of her old grandmother is still new and fresh

THEMES:
 Family love
 Appreciation
 Loving memories

MORAL VALUES:
 Love& care
 Appreciation
 Kindness
 Thoughtfulness
 Gratitude

MORAL LESSONS:
 We must try our best to have a good and strong relationship with our grandparents
 We should love and appreciate our elders especially in our family
 We should spend as much time as we can with our loved ones before they die
 We should take photographs with our loved ones and keep them
 We must not forget those who have died
 We must learn to move on and accept life and death as part of life cycle

TIME
STANZA 1 : Present (Looking at the photograph)
STANZA 2 : Past (Remembering what happened)
STANZA 3 : Present (Looking at the photograph again)

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