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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 For My Daughter By: Weldon Kees Looking into my daughter's eyes i readBeneath the innocence of morning fleshConcealed, hintings of death she does not heed.Coldest of winds have blown this hair, and meshOf seaweed snarled these miniatures of hands; The night's slow poison, tolerant and bland, Has moved her blood. Parched years that i have seen That may be hers appear: foul, lingering Death in certain war, the slime legs green. Or, fed on hate, she relishes the stingOf others' agony; perhaps the cruelBride of a syphilitic or a fool.These speculations sour in the sun.I have no daughter. I desire none. The authors meaning of the poem is a father looking at his daughter and sees 3 things in her life: a life loaded with pain, death, and misfortune, filled hating other people, and married a man who cheated on her and infected her body. He ends the poem saying he does not have a daughter and because of what happened he does not want a daughter AnalysisThe rhyme scheme is ABAB CCDEDE FFGG. The poem is one stanza. Weldon Kees wrote this he was feeling some type of way about his daughter. The shift is in the last 2 lines, it goes from being the tone changes from being morose to hateful. Poetic DevicesThe uses a lot of metaphors and personifications. The firstline is a metaphor because you can't read an eye. The second line is also a metaphor because you can't see innocence beneath skin.
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