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Father and Child Gwen Harwoods Father and Child is a two part poem describing the self changes experienced through time within a father and his child In the first part of the poem we witness a change in self a child as she experiences her first step towards adulthood In Barn Owl a child at a rebellious age experiments with the constraints of authority in an attempt to seek control for herself as she sneaks out to kill a barn owl with her fathers shotgun However this experimentation quickly awakens her to an importnat discovery in her life the reality of suffering and death as not clean but real bloody and ugly She wept as self-knowledge and self-disgust join together and the child is sickened by what she has callously done This is a life changing experience for her and an indication that she cannot return to childhood Thus to end what she had begun her father shows sound judgement in his response to her terrible crime She must be taught to accept resonsibilty for her actions However in Nightfall the child once quick to mischief forty years on has grown into a comtemplative adult who has greater understanding of life by picking the last fruits of the termporal the last lessons of timeexperience As an adult about to lose her father the persona realises she has learned much from him Both characters have changed as indivuals and their reationship and power roles have changed accordingly The persona no longer sees her father as the powerful No-Sayer who ruled her actions but as an Old King and comforter The father who was once his childs protector and mentor is now the one who requires looking after as he is blind eighty years of age and stick-thin His vulnerability and dependence is furthermore displayed in the description of his voice you speak as if air touched a string near breaking point
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