Changeling

I really enjoyed this poem because the emotions of the poet seemed to perfectly portray those one experiences when losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s – denial, confusion, guilt in being unable to love the person the same way, and eventually, acceptance. Having to read the poem in front of the class made me realize the significance of deliberate pauses. I didn’t realize the significance of certain phrases until I had to read the poem out loud, and take note of where the pauses were. That is what I chose to focus on when I read the poem out loud, rather than the structure. I chose to do this because the poem flows like a free verse, so I felt that if I paused at the end of every stanza, it would interrupt the natural flow of the poem. If I had to read the poem a second time, I probably would have gone slower and invoked more meaning into the words. I think I rushed through parts of the poem, making it difficult to distinguish where the intentional pauses were. 

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One thought on “Changeling

  1. Hi, Chandini. Your reading was excellent. I liked the way you began very forcefully and, as you say here, paused at significant points. The sonnet form emerged gradually and subtly, never feeling like an artificial structure. You also pinpointed several instances of paradox and the emotional logic behind them.
    The only thing perhaps missing was a discussion of the title. Changeling myths exist in many cultures, mostly northern European ones (see http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-changeling.htm); what’s noteworthy is that the myths are usually about small children who suddenly become unfamiliar to their parents, rather than the reverse in this poem.

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