Name of Poem ___________For Hiedi With Blue Hair_______________ Group_1_ Date: ____________________________________

SUMMARY: Summarize of literal and inferential meaning and symbols. Consider the structure of the poem.

IMAGES: Discuss the images in the poem and discuss how they shape meaning. Colors/ styles of hair develop the differences in ideologies of cultural acceptance and the relative ages of their followings - Hiedi has blue and black hair is the color of a bruise, symbolizing her damaged soul for the loss of her mother and indicating the punk subculture through which she expresses that pain. The black can also indicate youth as it is a natural hair color that will keep its color until it greys (school color, symbolizing old age) and the blue shows bothe rebelliousness in color choice and sadness (ie "I'm feeling blue"). The style which the father depicts is not only indicitive of the punk subculture in fashion but the level of detail he illustrates creats Hiedi as the unique and complex individual that only he can appriciate and unerstand because he is a caring father. He is seemingly the only member of societywho can see this uniqueness and individuality with

not purely those of the punk culture. making her appeal to all readers. The conflict is also achieved through the youth and rebelliousness symbolized in the colors of Hiedi's hair which juxipose the school colors of "white. Tears and their possible colors and meanings . punk culture .Tears could be either clear if she is not wearing makeup which symbolizes raw human emotion and sadness. making an alternative lifestyle the only outlet for her to mourn openly as her emotions would not have been accepted in society. This shows the complete hopelessness of a situation for those experiencing grief in institutions . the author is saying her sadness was not accepted. If the tears are clear. Heidi turned to this alternative lifestyle to express her grief. If it is black.were only conventional ideals are accepted and anything unorthodox is shunned or eschewed. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE: Discuss the sound devices and other figurative language and relay how they convey meaning. gray.or societies . . or black from punk mascara or eyeliner which emphasizes the punk culture and not being accepted.she can t mourn openly by crying or she will be rejected so she disguise her mourning in a dark subcultural expression of punk culture. and flaxen yellow" which symbolize old age and old ways of conservatism. This ambiguity is important not only to transcend across all readers and make them feel pathos and empathy.were also not accepted. providing an antithesis among conservative institutions and societal conventions and more liberalmindedness and adherence to or at least acceptance of radical subculture within a generation.fondness and ironically belongs closer to the age of the disapproving headmisteress. It is this antithesis that develops the conflict of conservative versus liberal sectors of society (in both institutions and ideas or lifestyle). but also to create an image in the reader s head of both possible options and in doing so bring focus to this sad comment. yet by the tears not being in the school colors. it helps to develop how not only was Heidi not accepted. but the black of Heidi's tears . This creates a bittersweet negative feedback loop .symbolizing. were again she will not be accepted. this creates pathos in the reader for the girls situation and makes her more human and like everyone else.

It also pulls emphasis to freedom. Also. and unavoidable. as he stands up for his daughter and fights for her freedom of expression. and this was something that was quite radical because there was much racism lingering in the era towards blacks.the father s . It also helps to declare. that the father symbolizes a defender of the people and of justice.This conveys the persona s . nor anyone. a beat such as that also being constant. equality. It also lends an authoritarian sense to the institution of school and society by pounding in the the words. This creates the fatalistic tone observable in the poem and lends hopelessness to the situation. dictates. Diction (and alliteration) of freedom-loving father .Freedom and father are alliterative because of their repeating f s. consistent. The person who was black by predisposition and race rather than by choice was accepted more readily than Heidi who choose to be dark simply because she choose to adhere to the school policies. It showed that society was even more ready to accept that which they had hated and still did not approve of than this new hated unknown.lack of caring and respect for being politically correct or speaking in a way that is acceptable by society s standard for manners or equality because his family was not shown the same sympathies. This is a choice word because freedom is typically associated with more sweeping and political matters. A large part of punk expression darkness and the color black. . in this senerio.Repetition of the words school colors . can escape what society accepts as the norm. creating the feeling that neither Heidi. almost with a rhythmically though ominously. while also conveying his never explicitly expressed emotions of anger and distrust towards the school. This helps to develop the idea that the poem could be politically based and symbolic of society and its inhabitants and customs. or respect. and expects people to follow for a sense of control and order.Makes the pressure to fit in and follow societal mandates inevitable because the words are ubiquitous throughout the poem. the fact that the friend is black also builds on the image of punk-ness. fatalistic. Diction of black friend in final paragraph . This develops the father s spiteful and bitter tone.

and . BIOGRAPHAL INFORMATION: How may this pertain to the meaning of the poem.TONES AND THEMES: Look for shifts in tone. SOURCES: Our beautiful minds :) . What thematic concepts appear to be the concern of the poet.

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