Project #23616 - Eating Alone

Analyze the poem "Eating Alone" by Li-Young Lee. Formulate a thesis using on of the 3 topic questions. Must be in MLA format. 2 Page Minimum. Used specific evidence/ lines from the poem to support thesis as well as examples

Why is the speaker eating alone?

Why do you think the poet might have chosen to include the image of the hornet?

How do the repeated references to youth and age, things being finished or almost done, function in the poem? 

 

I've pulled the last of the year's young onions.
The garden is bare now. The ground is cold,
brown and old. What is left of the day flames
in the maples at the corner of my
eye. I turn, a cardinal vanishes.
By the cellar door, I wash the onions,
then drink from the icy metal spigot.

Once, years back, I walked beside my father
among the windfall pears. I can't recall
our words. We may have strolled in silence. But
I still see him bend that way-left hand braced
on knee, creaky-to lift and hold to my
eye a rotten pear. In it, a hornet
spun crazily, glazed in slow, glistening juice.

It was my father I saw this morning
waving to me from the trees. I almost
called to him, until I came close enough
to see the shovel, leaning where I had
left it, in the flickering, deep green shade.

White rice steaming, almost done. Sweet green peas
fried in onions. Shrimp braised in sesame
oil and garlic. And my own loneliness.
What more could I, a young man, want.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/25/2014 12:00 am
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