September the first day of school summary of the poem

Here is the critical summary of the poem, September, the first day of school by Howard Nemerov. This is a very famous poem and this is the part of the English course for various grades in many countries. That is why this summary is a general summary for all grades and all levels in all countries.

September, the First Day of School Poem

About the Author

Howard Nemerov was an American poet. After getting education at Harvard, he had been teaching in various universities including Bennington College, and Washington University. He won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize.

About the Poem

This is a nice and sensational poem by Howard Nemerove. This is written in strophes. The poem is an expression of the feelings of a father about his son going to school for the first day. The poem depicts the love and affection the poet, as a father, feels when he leaves his son at school on the first day. The author has related this even with a historical event in the life of Prophet Joseph.

Summary of the Poem

The poem is about a father and his son. The author himself is father in this poem. He narrates the complex feelings of a father who is taking his son to school. It reminds him of his first day at school. He is worried about his leaving him alone, but at the same time hopes for a great kindness coming of it in the end - only if the child finds father-like figures among his teachers.

The first strophe, the author tells us how the father takes his child to school, how the child cries a little but then lets go of his father's hand. The father also has tears in his eyes. He recalls the day when his father took him to school.

In the second strophe, we see the father falling into thinking about children at school, and how they have to endure whatever goes on in the school, good or bad. He refers to the stuff children learn at school as unreasonable and authoritative before which everything has to bow down.

In the third strophe, me speaker alludes to the Biblical story of the prophet, Joseph, and his dream which won him the hatred of his brothers. Joseph suffered because of his dream but great kindness came of it in the end.

In the fourth strophe, the speaker thinks of his own child again who has entered the classroom. He thinks about what would become of his son after years. He hopes for his son but doesn't know to die exact outcome. He hopes that his son will find father-like figures among his teachers.

In the last two lines the speaker says that tears shed at such time are ceremonial, selfish; but he hopes for the great kindness that may come at the end - just as in Joseph's case.

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