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Most Hated Father In the book The Living and The Dead by Sharon Olds the author makes writes poems about her view on images of life and death and what she associates each with This anthology seems to be mostly influenced by her family from her hated father and grandfather to her growing children Olds finds inspiration to associate life and death with her relativesIn The Living and The Dead Sharon Olds breaks the book into sections starting first with a section on the dead with subsections on public and family poems In the public section one poem that stood out to me was entitled The Death of Marilyn Monroe for it embodied everything about the woman that I have ever heard about her Miss Monroe is spoken of by men from her time as being an angel and otherworldly and this poem shows the effect that her dead body had on two men who removed her body In the poem the men are not sad that Marilyn Monroe is dead but they are in awe that they got to see her beauty right before their eyes It affected these men for the rest of their lives so much so that other women living women still could not equal her to them No one could match her to themThe main characters of the poems in this book come from presumably the authors family In the section on the Dead Olds writes several poems The Guild The Eye and All The Dead That Have Come to Me This Once about how she hated her grandfather The Guild tells of her memories of her father as a young college man sitting by the fire with his father drinking their drinks and sharing secrets of life The poem is laced with a strong resentment for her grandfather basically blaming him for the way that her father would later treat her She calls her father an apprentice
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