Olds Poem Essay

918 Words Nov 6th, 2011 4 Pages
Devon Sahid
Humanities 101
September 26, 2011 October 24, 2011

Olds Poem

In Sharon Olds The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb she states “With a pencil and two Hardy Boys and a peanut butter sandwich and grapes he is on his way, there is nothing more we can do for him” the narrator is sending her son off with what she thinks he will need not only for summer camp but for life. She sends him away with two Hardy Boys books. This is relevant because the Hardy Boy characters are maturing and being aimed at a maturing audience. She wants him to mature during his time away from home. It may not be right away but she wants him to at least try to. To become more inquisitive when he is on his own. She wants him to learn
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Something along the lines of make due or improve. There is no comma's added when she is talking about the sandwich and Hardy Boy books either. It's as if they are a set, again specifically added. She's not hinting at it, she is heavily suggesting knowledge and sustenance. The grapes, a symbol or metaphor for grapes can become wine, as childish thoughts become great ideas. This is a mother preparing for the inevitable. Ones child leaving home, but with small steps. She knows he will be tested by life and just hopes that she has done enough for him. She says “we” can do nothing more for him as if she is having a conversation with someone. She is including the reader as well, as if they had something to do with raising him. There could be an allusion to everyone’s child leaving home. The fear parents get that they either pampered their child or didn't teach them enough when they head off on their own. The second image is “The bus gets smaller and smaller, as one folds a flag at the end of a ceremony,onto itself, and onto itself until only a heavy wedge remains”. The bus being not only the transportation but also the thing that is taking her son away from her. This may happen more and more seeing as to how she compares it to a ceremony. Whether it be weekly or monthly. For analysis purposes the flag is assumed to be an American flag. Lets focus on how she mentions the flag-folding at the end of a event and therefore the end

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