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Ying and Yang are complete opposites of each other yet still very similar like the poems Lesson and First Hour At first glance they seem very different but when the reader truly understand the poems Lesson by Forrest Homer and First Hour by Sharon Olds the reader will then realize that they are similar The poem Lesson is about a boy who realizes that his father wont always be there to protect him On the other hand the poem First Hour is about a baby who is clueless and innocent its first hour of life The poem Lesson is full of fear while First Hour is full of innocent While poems are learning new things they are different from their themes One of the poems is full of worry while the other is observant Lesson by Forrest Homer is about a boy and his family driving through Mississippi during Klan attacks They then pull over to the side of the road to rest At this time the boy hears noises and hes afraid of them He then sees that his dad cant go to sleep because of the noises The boy then realized that his dad wont always be there to protect him and his family Klan attacks are a critical symbol to this poem The reader must know what Klan attacks are to know that the boys family is a black family and to better understand why they were scared driving through Mississippi During the shift which happens at Noises the reader should realize that the poem gets more to the point compared to the first stanza Monsters are another critical symbol because they represent the Klan members and how they take away the fathers ability to protect his family First Hour by Sharon Olds is about a baby just being born and what its experiencing during the first hour of its life I was not human was a critical symbol of having no
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