I personally think poetry is the literary genre
that appeals to me the most. This is because, reading poetry allows me to see
into the soul of another person which is the poet and see what is actually on
their minds and on their hearts that influence them to produce a particular
literary work. Poetry also can open doors to feelings that are sometimes
concealed until that door of emotion is opened. As we all know, poetry is known
for its creativity. Poets employ a myriad of literary techniques such as alliteration,
metaphors, assonance and more in their poetry works. That what makes me think
that it is more interesting than any other literary genres. When being recited,
poetry will be pleasing to the ear because of the literary
elements employed by the poet such as the rhyme. I personally feel that I always find a new meaning
every time I read a poem and this is beauty of poetry. Furthermore, poetry gives me the patience to look into
someone else’s mind and nurture the sense of empathy for another person.

I
have read quite a number of poems and one of my personal favourites is “Only a
Dad” by Edgar Guest. Even though this poem has a very straightforward meaning, I
really love the message that is being conveyed by the poet. In this beautiful
poem, I managed to identify several themes. Firstly, the sacrifice of a father.
In this poem, the poet portrays that the dad is tired because he works so hard
at his workplace. However, he only managed to bring very little “gold” or “fame”.
The words gold and fame in this poem is the metaphor of the worldly treasure he
managed to reap from his big efforts on his job. Throughout this wonderful poem,
we can identify that despite the least gold or fame, he continually doing all
this for his “brood of four” which is his children. His effort of going to work
and doing what must be done day after day “for the love of them” shows us a
great self-sacrifice of a father towards his children and family.

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The
next theme I see is the father’s self-control. In the poem, the father never
shows any sign of despair and regret. The poet uses the phrases like “never a
whimper of pain or hate”, “silent whenever the harsh condemn” and also “bearing
it all” to portray that the father never complains about his responsibility to
find money for the family. He could complain or whine about how tired and annoyed
he is that he is not able to make much fortunes as he hoped. However, he does
none of this. The father hinders himself and practices great self-control by “facing
whatever may come his way” without whining or feeling dissatisfied. Instead, he
takes is responsibility with “courage”, “stern and grim”. These phrase by the
poet implies the father’s determination to do whatever it takes for his
children and family as a whole. The last stanza of the poem reveals how highly
the poet thinks of the persona in this poem. Although the title is “Only a Dad”,
we can clearly see from the final line, this persona is much more than just a
father. The poem writes, “Only a dad, but the best of men.” This phrase suggests
that the poet thinks the persona is not merely an ordinary dad. However, he is
everything to his children and his family. For them, he is their entire world.
Although he may be “one in ten million or more” he is the greatest man in the
world to his family.

This
is a very beautiful poem for me as the persona in the poem reminds me of my
late father who passed away a year ago. This poem has a very personal meaning
to me and whenever I read this poem it touches my emotions and heart.  Throughout my life, I had always seen my
father work hard for my family. Just like the father in this poem, he never
complained about his struggles to earn money for my family. He never once
whined when taking his responsibility to take care of our family and he
sacrificed anything and everything for his family. He definitely was a very
good man, with a sincere heart, and full of love towards our family. Even though
my siblings and I were not growing up as a rich kids, we always had everything
we needed. My father always made sure we have every basic necessity and needs
even though he had to work so hard and work extra hours to find money to
provide us.  Just like the father in the
poem, he never complained or whined. That was just the kind of father he is.
That is the reason why the final line in the poem always gets me every time I read
this poem and it sometimes it literally brings me to tears. The hardships I am experiencing
today are nothing compared to the hardships that my father went through in
order to get me to where I am today. This is the great thing about poetry, this
poem specifically makes me appreciate my father more and makes me more grateful
for having such a wonderful father given by the Almighty. Poetry teaches me a
great deal about life.

All in all, literature
to me serves as a gateway in expanding my knowledge and earning a greater and better
understanding about the world. For example,
literature opens my eyes and makes me see more than just what the front door
shows to me. Apart from that, by learning literature, I learn to look and read
between the lines. This is because in literature class, I was taught to make
connections, find themes, learn about characters and identify hidden meanings in
order to come up with a conclusion about what the particular literary work is
all about. Literature allows me
to understand and experience how it is like to live in the other sides