Li-Young Lee's "Persimmon" Poem Review by Nicky

Li-Young Lee's "Persimmon"
Literary analysis of Li-Young Lee's poem "Persimmon."
# 128546 | 1,008 words | 0 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 27, 2010 in Asian Studies (Asian American) , Literature (Poetry)

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This paper provides literary analysis of "Persimmon," a poem written by Li-Young Lee. The paper explains that, on the surface, the poem appears to depict an immigrant boy learning to grow up in a culture different from his own. However, the paper clarifies, the poem actually reflects the dilemma of youthful culture clashing with age, of one culture slamming into unfamiliar customs in a new culture, and of one culture dying as others carry on. The paper notes that the poem's greatest strength lies in its tying these themes together in the image of the persimmon, giving readers a sense of linkage between the persimmon and culture, and persimmon and life. The paper concludes that in any culture, there are links to other cultures that only poets know how to make beautiful and educational at the same time.

From the Paper:

"Analysis: Lee is asking the reader to relate to the poetry on several levels. First of all, Lee is Asian and learning English is not the easiest thing for an Asian. Learning any new thing - especially a language - is problematic. Readers relate to that. Also, when one is scolded by a teacher - slapped and made to stand in the corner - this kind of treatment is not only embarrassing for an immigrant, it is humiliating and hurtful. But everyone can relate to being called out by a teacher, and so the poem is easy to relate to on this level.
"Beyond simply being punished in front of one's peers, and the humiliation that goes along with that punishment, is the sense of isolation the poet felt at being made to stand in the corner. In a way, that imagery carries through when one thinks about the isolation a newcomer feels when entering an alien or foreign land."

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