PIANO

What was the author's purpose for the poem, Piano by D. H. Lawrence? The poem shows the strength of relationship between a man and his mother. For an adult, he has a somewhat unhealthy craving for his mother. There is a conflict in his heart between affection for his mother and passion for his lover. ! How oes !Piano! by D.H. Lawrence con"ey a sense of #o"e? This is a very interesting question to consider. I think if there is a sense of love in this lyrical poem, it is one that focuses on the love of memory and nostalgia and how it is such an important force in our lives. Let us remember the power of the mental images that are evoked in the second stan a of this poem, as the adult speaker is ushered back into the past thanks to the music that he hears in the present! In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of "etrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to To the old #unday evenings at home, with winter $nd hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide. song belong outside

#uch emotional e%pressions as &weeps to belong& and the memories of &old #unday evenings at home& and the &cosy parlour& show the way in which the narrator loves the memories of his childhood past. 'e is so much in love with these memories, in fact, that the final stan a declares that his manhood is &cast ( )own in the flood of remembrance,& and the end of the poem leaves him &weeping like a child& for the past that is now irrevocably lost. If we think of this poem in connection with love, therefore, it is definitely a blind, rosy*tinged love of the past that is present, as the speaker wallows in overwhelming nostalgia. Love is present, but it is based around our concept of memory and our childhood, and conveniently ignores the various negative aspects of such a stage. $he %&p#anation of the Poem +,iano- by ). '. Lawrence is a simple romantic poem that deals with the memories of the past, of the poet.s childhood. In this poem, the poet presents the whole chain of reactions set in motion in his personality by his listening to the song of a woman in the evening. The setting is the quiet evening when a woman is singing on the piano, and the song instantly brings to his mind his childhood with all the happy memories associated with it. The scene is one of homely comfort and childlike innocence and he visuali es himself as a child sitting under the piano while his mother smiles and sings. In the first stan a, the woman is singing softly and the song creates in his mind the picture of a happy childhood when he, as a child, was listening to his mother, who smiled as she sang. In the second stan a the speaker reali es that he has become sentimental in his recollection of the past and in spite of himself, memory takes him back into the familiar scene of a #unday evening at home. /old and storms of winter outside mark the scene. "ut inside home his mother is singing and playing on the piano. The entire family 0oins her in the singing of hymns. we know from Lawrence.s biographies that he had a particularly close relationship with his mother who tried to protect her children from the influence of their miner father. Lawrence.s working class home was a cosy, intimate place with their mother being greatly protective and possessive about her children. The phrase +in spite if himself- calls for some e%planation. It appears that the speaker, while listening to the woman singing and being carried away by the nostalgia does not easily give in to the emotion but the song insidiously penetrates into his mind and +betrays him back +. The scene described here also evokes a familiar scene of an 1nglish home with the cosy parlour and singing of hymns together. There is an intense nostalgia in the adult speaker 2+the heart of me weeps-3. 'e wishes to go back

The memory he focuses on is that of a small child who is sitting beneath a grand piano as his mother plays it. This immediately brings to mind the image that growing up is similar to climbing some difficult mountain and in his adulthood.s own childhood in front of his eyes so that one e%periences the same thing that man e%perienced. The +flood of remembrance. In a logical movement. The theme of the poem is quite common in many of his writings. 8nomatopoeia used in describing the 7boom. thus bridging the gap between his past and his present. as the tiny detail that the piano would sound loud to a small child and consequently would be described as booming when later remembered even as an adult is so simply portrayed and thus removes all doubts that Lawrence is writing from personal e%perience.iano shows a man e%periencing nostalgia as he listens to a woman singing which reminds him of his childhood. mother and son used to sit in the warm comfortable indoors and sing melodious hymns with the help of the piano.iano. There is nostalgia but no sentimentality. Lawrence. present realities of an adult. '. 'is adulthood is now completely submerged and overshadowed. Further. These images 7take him back down. "y using the word 7vista. $nd he weeps like a child for the past. The speaker feels the need of memory of the past to bring back a sense of peace and protection associated with his childhood with a happy mother smiling at her son. The man is reluctant to remember those days and be affected by them. and from there he falls into his childhood again. The poem starts with the man hearing the soft singing of a woman which takes him on a mental 0ourney down memory lane and he sees visions of his childhood flashing in front of him. Lawrence uses words in such an intricate manner throughout the poem that they end up creating vivid and delightful imagery. betraying the respect and awe a little child has for its parents.as well as in the writings is how adults separate memories of the childhood days from the actual.s .s feet were 7poised. the third stan a shows that the speaker is no longer listening to the present speaker 2the woman at the piano3. the man is right at the top. 6ithout any thought of his adulthood. the man remembers that his mother. he propels the images of the reader. he bursts into tears remembering the blissful ignorance and innocence of his infant years. taking his mother. his mind elsewhere. 4ou may appreciate that Lawrence is presenting the child and the adult in 0u%taposition. but the song which the woman is singing seems to have a slow subtle impact on him and despite his hesitance he gives in to his emotions and yearns for the days of childhood! the cold #unday evenings in winter when it used to now outside and they. It can be seen in the short story line +The 5ocking*'orse 6inner +and a novel #ons and Lovers. Lawrence shows that he is still capable of going back to his past childhood with all its attendant associations* his mother playing at the piano. 'e starts weeping. 'is childhood days come back to him in a way that he forgets his present adult state. into the memories of his childhood. #unday evenings and the cosy protected home.s elegant feet into his small hands and listening to the loud chords of music.takes him back into the past beyond the immediate present and he is no longer interested in the clamour of the black piano. the child identifies dignified . The man who was listening to the lady singing now thinks that it would be useless for her to continue on as he is already so affected by his memories that he is 0ust physically present. strings of the piano indicates that the man in the poem is none other but Lawrence himself. of the 7tingling. The question raised in +. Ana#ysis ). so that he no longer thinks of himself as an adult and therefore weeps like a child.to the security of his childhood and comforts of home. It is a poem about the power of memory. 1ven at that tender age.

and that his life is riddled with difficulties and worries for him to long for the dull and boring adolescent years. "ut he still contemplates giving all that up: his heart 7weeps to belong. breaking the unspoken rule that men aren.s immature and ignorant days of being a child. sentimental and being full of self*pity: and e%pressing empathy. free of worries and still holding the limitless possibilities of growing up in its hand. This is done because though the overview of the poem is simple and direct. The words 7in spite of myself.s masterpieces.iano. 7. and even as an adult he finds the time to escape the responsibilities for a few hours by attending musical concerts as the woman singing and playing the piano could be seen as such.s life! his mother used to play and sing hymns on the piano in his childhood. another one of Lawrence. a phase of life which is associated with freedom of will and power of right. The need to remain solidly footed in his adulthood and the yearning to give that up for the innocence and 0oys of childhood tear him apart and he goes against his own desires by giving in to the latter.elegance with his other. show the immense struggle that the man goes through with his own warring desires. is quite suiting as music is proven to be the strongest trigger of memories. and his 7manhood is cast down a flood of remembrance. and it still continues to show him the way through life. as the 7glamor of childish days. and subsequently music. played a large role in the man. there are some strong words which are sprinkled throughout with such apt accuracy that they intensify the powerful feelings that a man e%periences when he is torn between his past and present lives.t supposed to show emotions by crying for his childhood. elegant yet simple manner that he pulls at all the right heartstrings and one finds oneself tearing up while remembering one. Thus is 7. The piano was their guide in his childhood. The title of the poem.ostalgia is the central idea behind the poem but one would not be wrong to say that it also throws light on the pains of growing up.. . .s own childhood days. $lso it implies that playing the piano.iano. 6hen does a person e%perience such contrasting emotions< It is only when the responsibilities and burdens of adulthood become too much to bear that one starts wishing that one could somehow go back to one. overcomes him emotionally. This scene casts a melancholy shadow over the poem. warmth and unlimited acceptance. 'e throws away the confines of his 7manhood. $gain the words used are so simple yet effective in describing the evenings spent by the fire that they paint a vivid image in the readers mind! one of comfort. as he once again portrays the comple% workings and dealings of the human heart in such a refined. and 7betrays me back. This poem achieves that delicate balance between being clich9. as the man remembering these simple moments from his past suggest that he no longer has the comfort of a family or home to lean upon. head full of unbroken dreams and untarnished ideals and principles. The man in the poem has traveled the road of life and has reached his adulthood.

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