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On Mementos 1 In W D Snodgrasss Mementos 1 we are taken through a wide range of emotions sparked by the speakers memories of a lost love when he stumbles upon her photograph taken when they had first met The speaker reminisces about his journey through life with this woman as well as her image He appears at times to be talking to the memory of this former love as well as this traveled and forgotten photograph The poem begins with the speaker sifting through his old Canceled checks old clippings and yellow note cards That meant something once1-3 These are pieces of his past which are useless yet kept perhaps in a dusty drawer- long forgotten He reacts with horror when among the pieces of his flotsam he discovers the photograph of his former wife and love Your picture That picture4 The level of his shock and horror at his discovery is evidenced by his description of himself as a man raking piles of dead leaves in his yard Who has turned up a severed hand It is more than clear that this love did not end well Suddenly his tone softens as this is not any photograph but that photograph of his love which was taken when they had first met when things were simpler His shock turns to a sense of gladness at the find and the rush of memories This photo is the last vestige of a time when their love burned hot with youth and vitality He remembers her fondly as she had stood shy delicate slender in that long gown of green lace netting and daisies8 He appears comforted by the innocence and beauty of their romance at its birth As a younger man all of their needs were different and their ideals came easy 11-12 His tone changes again as he remembers the photograph itself and their journey together through war
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