Writing Poetry to Find a Father Worth Grieving Essay

Writing is a powerful way to convey a message, but sometimes the message that is being conveyed even true. Writers tend to do this to achieve a more expansive truth and entertainment. Sometimes writers tend to combine real truth and “expansive” truth to make their works entertaining. In the passage “ Writing Poetry to Find a Father Worth Grieving” by Edgar Kunz is an excellent passage that goes over the two different views two brothers have over their father. It talks about how Kunz portrays his dad and how that image he had of his father was false and he tries to come to terms with that reality. Kunz’s purpose is to convey that his image of his father was all false, but at the same time, some of those were true to him before his father fell into alcoholism. He adopts a sentimental theme to appeal to his audience. 

In “Writing Poetry to Find a Father Worth Grieving” it talks about how two brothers’ views of their father are conflicted when they reminisce about their childhood and it is told in the point of view of Edgar Kunz. The setting takes place in Kunz’s apartment. Where his brother stays over. His brother and Kunz start telling each other stories about their father. Kunz was about to publish a collection of poems in which he describes how it was growing up with his father. His brother read the collection of poems and told Kunz that “ It got worse after you left.” Which can refer that their father was not like how Kunz described him. Then Kunz reminisces about his father and some of the events that stayed with him from when he was a child. He recalls that his father would only stay in the basement and his brother, mom, and he lived upstairs after he fell into alcoholism. Showing that the alcoholism changed his father. Kunz explains that he was trying to describe his father as truthfully as he could. His brother starts to lay down the truth about how bad his father was towards them. Then the author argues that he made his father seem less violent, but he did have good memories of his dad. Then he goes into saying that poetry transfers that world that we know into a new one. Going back to the point that poetry is a powerful way to convey a message. The next morning when his brother was about to leave, his brother read one of the poems where it talked about a house fire. But Kunz says that he doesn’t remember saying some of the stuff that was said in the poem. He later goes to say that the event did happen but not exactly the way it was stated in the poem. He then says that he “transports events across time, put words in the mouths of people who never spoke them, add characters who weren’t there” in his poems. Kunz later states that he doesn’t aim to replicate his life in his poems, but instead he tries to make them more interesting. The passage ends talking about his father’s death and says how all the versions of his father that he told in his poems were false, but at the same time, they were also true. It’s left to the reader to decide which version of Kunz’s father they believe in.

The article goes in-depth into what it is to write poetry. Which is interesting how a poet thinks when they try to write a poem. At the beginning of the article, it just narrates about how they got to point where they are talking about their father, but from there it just goes into how the writer, Edgar Kunz, changed his father’s image to make him someone worth grieving. He states that he “transports events across time, put words in the mouths of people who never spoke them, add characters who weren’t there” to show that he alters events in order to make his poems more expansive and entertaining for the reader. I like how Kunz says that when he writes a poem about his life, he doesn’t try to replicate his like in his poems, but he instead tries to “make, each time, the most arresting representation of what it feels like to be alive.” in this he is trying to say that tries to make the poems more interesting. Which shows that he tries to achieve a truth the only artist try to achieve which is expansive, in which he alters events to make them feel alive. And he achieves this when his brother reads one of his poems where he talks about a house on fire, his brother says that he remembers when this happens, and he remembers it the same way that Kunz described it. Which Kunz says to himself that the event didn’t happen the same way it did in the poem. This shows that Kunz achieves the truth every poet tries to achieve, to make his poems feel alive. 

The main idea of the passage is that poetry doesn’t have to be constrained to the fact. He uses this to change his father’s image and make him someone worth grieving. He makes his passage worth reading because it is well writing and interesting. The way he changes settings between his apartment and his memories about his father which conflict him. He does a good job of not making his poems be constrained to the fact. An example of this is when his brother reads one his poems, to which he says, “I didn’t correct my brother that morning. To tell him he was wrong would be to commit the poem to the world of fact—to which it does not belong.” Which goes to show that he didn’t commit his poem to the truth and making his brother immerse into the poem. In a way, he gave his poem a combination of both truths, the real truth and the expansive truth that every artist tries to achieve. And if a reader didn’t read this passage and would have only read Edgar Kunz collection of poems, he would of believe every single word that Kunz said and would not doubt it. Going to show how powerful writing is. 

The author also uses different rhetorical devices to help his message be conveyed. He tries to appeal to our emotions, which means he uses pathos. He recalls bad memories about his father which make the reader feel sorry for him and his family. Especially when his brother talks about the version of his he knows the best. the author can appeal to our emotions and the way he talks about his father and how his memories are conflicting to him because he doesn’t know which one, he should believe. But the author can convey his message and it helps one of my points which is that writing is a powerful way to convey a message to people. He shows how powerful his message is and also how he can change the message he is trying to convey. 

In other words, the author made this passage very interesting the way he and his brother's views of their father were too different, yet both of them were very true. Kunz does have some positive images of his father that he feels are worth grieving over. But at the same time, his brother's image of his father is also true. But as a writer, he is trying to achieve a more expansive truth. After the talk, he has with his brother, Kunz comes to terms with reality about who his father was. Which for him is a blend of his views and his brothers put together. And it is up to the reader to decide which version of Kunz’s father they accept.