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People's life experiences
"My Papa's Waltz"
The poem itself makes you feel like someone is reminiscing about a past event.
It's almost like a little kid talking about their father or grandfather. They possibly could've danced, but it also sounds like the father/grandfather was carrying the little kid off to bed.
The father could've even been drinking that night, which could explain the dancing: "The whiskey on your breath / Could make a small boy dizzy."
Another thing to back this up could be how unhappy the mother seems: "My mother's countenance / Could not unfrown itself."
"The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window"
The poem itself seems to be about suicide.
It's told from a third person perspective. It's hard to say if it's someone reflecting on their past or not.
We don't even get to know whether or not the woman lets go or climbs back up.
It almost seems as if the woman is only imagining the people who "scream out from below for her to jump."
It almost seems as if the woman has two sides to her thoughts because there's people yelling for her to jump and other people "cry softly / from the sidewalks," and "they would help her, like themselves."
When I read this poem, I felt like the poet was using the word "house" to refer to people.
"House that eats and pleads and kills / House on legs."
It explains features that people have/ things people can do. A house can't eat or kill or plead, and it definitely doesn't have legs.
"House whose rooms are pooled with blood. / House with hands. House of guilt."
The "house whose rooms are filled with blood" line is just talking about how our bodies are filled with blood, and as far as I'm aware a house doesn't have hands. The "House of guilt" one I think is talking about someone that's done something, this can be backed up with "House that . . .kills"
The story is told from he point of view of a mirror.
"Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me, / Searching my reaches for what she really is."
"In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman / Rises toward her day after day."
The mirror explains how this woman continues to age, and how she gets agitated when she doesn't see her younger self anymore.
Both of these poems talk about different experiences. "The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Window" talks about the negative things in life, but it also talks about how we aren't alone. "My Papa's Waltz" can mean a variety of things. The title itself, and the fact that the father/grandfather could be drunk, could be talking about how he stumbled when he walked. It's told from a child's perspective about him experiencing this adult being drunk.
Both poems have a similar theme. Especially if we look at "My Papa's Waltz" from the father's perspective. You can imagine that you could have an impact on your child's life if you're drunk and stumbling around, you may feel guilt, and "Ash" talks about people and specifically the line "House of guilt" caught my attention.
The connection between these two poems is that they both describe characteristics. "Ash" describes the physical and emotional characteristics of a person and "Mirror" describes physical characteristics of a woman aging day by day.
Both of these poems explain the life of a person. We can argue that "The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Window" has her life "flash before her eyes" and the poem goes in detail about her and her life. "Mirror" talks about, briefly, about a woman aging every day.