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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of “Father to Son” by Elizabeth Jennings Review

Summary of “Father to Son” by Elizabeth Jennings

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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The father complains that he does not understand his own child. Though they have lived together for so many years now i.e. since the time of his son’s birth, the father knows nothing of him. The father tries to build up a relationship with his son from the early years, in a manner when his son began to recognize people around, to crawl and to walk in a desperate attempt. The father wonders whether he has destroyed the seed of his off-spring or sown it where the land belongs to his heir and none is his.
            Both father and son continue to speak like strangers now and there seem no signs of understanding in the air between the two. In traditional belief, the son is created and born to the likings and designs of his father, yet in this case, the father cannot share what his son loves. Most of the time silence surrounds them. The father’s greatest wish is for his son to be ‘The Prodigal’ son who will very soon return to his father’s house; the home which he always knew. This is definitely the better alternative rather than to see his son move out into the world blindly on his own, by himself and fall into trouble. The father is ready to forgive him at any cost as long as he is able to reshape him up from the long bounded sorrow to a new love.
            Both father and son all over the world must learn to live on the same globe and on the same land. The father finally admits that there are times that he cannot understand himself or why his anger grows from grief? However they have learnt to put out each other’s empty hand and with each other’s heart that is longing for something to forgive.
Published: July 12, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    would they have any mutual desire to come close and how they would proceed View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    What happened at the last did the father and the sun forgive each other View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    locate the lines in the text that support the title "the ailing planet"? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    write down the sum and substance of the poem View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    please give the whole explanation line by line View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    why the father can't understand his son ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Hey Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  1. Answer  :    because he never interacted with his son Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    why does his anger grow out of grief??? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    he cannot shares how much he love his son he wanted to make his child prodigal and shape him according to his chice but always silence surrounds them Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  1. Answer  :    due to the lack of bonding and not having a good relationship the anger grows out of grief as they both don't understand what the other person is saying Sunday, February 16, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    give the stanza wise summary of this poem ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the 1 stanza tells us that although they are living together for many years yet the relationship b/w them is not so good the 2 stanza tells us that they speak like strangers with no sign of understanding b/w them the father wants the child to be shape in his way the 3 tells us that father wants his child to be prodigal and wants to forgive him too 4 tells us that there's a lot of anger which grows from grief by his father he wanted to be forgiven and wants to forgive his child too. Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    i want to know the moral of the poem father to son ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the moral of the poem is that according to the real world a father and a son have a very strong relationship,but due to lack of interaction their is no bond between them.They dont understand each other.They both have a lot of gap between them whoch the father tried to cover up but coudn't. Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  1. Answer  :    mera raja beta Thursday, February 13, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    what does prodigal word means in the 3rd stanza..,.?? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    waste Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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  1. 15.

    english

    thanks for helping me

    1 Rating Wednesday, February 19, 2014
  2. 14. HUMAN

    OUES

    WATS THE MEAN OF PRODIGAL

    3 Rating Thursday, January 30, 2014
  3. 13. smahi

    review

    This review was really very helpful to understand as well as revise the poem for the examination perfectly, Source: http://www.shvoong.com/books/poetry/2023587-summary-father-son-elizabeth-jennings/#ixzz2nMKq9A2C

    2 Rating Friday, December 13, 2013
  4. 12. christie

    thnkzzz.......

    it helped me to complete my project...... thnk u very much..

    3 Rating Sunday, June 30, 2013
  5. 11. pragya

    english

    An adequate explanation of the story.....it's worth reliable.....thanks...

    1 Rating Saturday, March 16, 2013
  6. 10. PAYEL SARKAR

    review coments

    This review was really very helpful to understand as well as revise the poem for the examination perfectly,thinking from the writers point of view.Thanks to Elizabeth for writing such a nice poem...

    2 Rating Wednesday, March 06, 2013
  7. 9. shivani

    very good

    the review is really quite helpful in understanding the thought and feelings of the poem

    4 Rating Wednesday, January 02, 2013
  8. 8. jeslin

    review

    the summary is really good, it helps a lot to revise during exams

    3 Rating Wednesday, December 05, 2012
  9. 7. sana

    english

    a very nice poem written by elizabeth jennings...we very enjoyed it

    3 Rating Friday, October 19, 2012
  10. 6. reeti

    thanx

    thanxx for the help

    5 Rating Sunday, April 29, 2012
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