Perhaps the speaker knows the man personally, or possibly the speaker is inferring this by the impoverished conditions that this man must have been in to mark a grave only with a piece of wood. This is where Simmerman begins to give the grave a history.
In this final sentence, Simmerman closes his poem and conveys a last thought. In order to express the particularities of life, we rely on the image that certain words bring about.
These details all add to the particular mood of the event. That the experience of burying a child is too powerful for words. It is through the image, not the words, in which true emotion is expressed, the speechless is expressed, the inexpressible.
Simmerman uses certain sound to add to the mood as well.
The physical toil is symbolic of his emotional toil. The forth sentence, starting on line nineteen, continues to add to the overall mood of the poem.
The reader now should have an idea of how it must have had to feel like for that man, that night, cold and alone. Simmerman also uses repetition to emphasize that the man had to leave.
This is a simple man, who dug a simple grave, which speaks to us simply. It is in this sentence where the reader is given a more detailed setting for the grave. At best words can only generalize. Regardless the reader is lead to believe that this man had to steal the wood, emphasizing that the man had to go through hardship and take great risk in order to dig this grave.
Obviously the land that Simmerman mentions does not have a heart, but the image of a piece of lumber being driven through the metaphorical heart of the land is a powerful image, perhaps something one might experience in some vampire movie.
But by using heart, Simmerman is also personifying the land, giving it a human characteristic, which focuses the reader on the land. Perhaps he is illiterate, or just tired from digging the grave, or maybe just too simple minded to even think of writing something.
The word heart itself carries with it many meanings: Words are symbols, each with their own attached meanings. The image is enough.Explication of a Poem Jim Simmerman’s Child’s Grave, Hale County, Alabama.
Explication of a Poem Jim Simmerman’s Child’s Grave, Hale County, Alabama The power of an image is immense - Explication of a Poem Jim Simmerman’s Child’s Grave, Hale County, Alabama introduction.
A poem can single out an ordinary object of daily .Download