Hi, need to submit a 1000 words essay on the topic Poetry Analysis: Sailing Home from Rapallo, by Robert Lowell.
A brief analysis of the quality and content of the poem is the focus of this paper.
The poem opens with the poet’s grief at the departure of his mother, “tears ran down my cheeks”. But before the readers could settle down to share his tears. he shakes them off from it to take them to the real reality. “The crazy yellow and azure sea” seen from the ship reminds him that nature outside is active, and he realizes that nature is indifferent to the death of his mother. He is caught between the temporal and the eternal. Time moves on “bubbling” and “blasting”. This is further illustrated by showing the fellow passengers warming themselves in the sun on the deck, while “our family cemetery in Dunbarton lay under the white mountains in the sub-zero weather”.
Suddenly the poet thinks of his father too, as he was engaged in the thought of his family. The abrupt change in tone shows that everything was not well in the family relationship. He does not hide his attachment to his mother. And his father’s strained relationship with his mother is evident in the tone. Not only that, he says his father was an “unhistorical soul”. Thus poem which had its emotional beginning now reveals several facts, the poet’s family secrets. As the readers share these facts, the personal becomes universal, exposing man’s inability to adjust and adapt to situations even in a family. The strenuous relationship between husband and wife is a common fact in society. Yet people pretend otherwise. The hollowness of human pretension is thus shown as part of the poetic content. Without losing his journey motive, the poet exposes the human vanity in a sarcastic way. Those shipmates exhibiting warmth up there on the upper deck too will one day go down like his mother, hiding their inner strains.
Therefore, the poem has an artistic structure, which can accommodate various aspects of human life. It opens with a three line stanza,