My Dear Silent One, My Indigo Mist

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Poetry Analysis: “My Dear Silent One, My Indigo Mist” “All I did was knead some malleable and familiar mud / Why do I feel so sorry” (Nagase 22-23). The poem “My Dear Silent One, My Indigo Mist” is by Kyoko Nagase, a famous Japanese modern poet. Empress Michiko liked one of Kyoko Nagase’s poems so much that she translated “You Who Come to Me at Dawn” into English (Yotsumoto). Kyoko Nagase also “went to “the same kindergarten as Chuya Nakahara”, another famous Japanese modern poet” (Yotsumoto). She uses her poems to represent how she feels about herself. She lived her life a wife, a farmer, and a mother. In this poem she calls herself “a useless woman” showing that she regrets not being able to do more and be with her family more than what…show more content…
Tone is the feeling a literary work conveys through word choice, coming from the author’s own feelings. She uses a sad tone because it reinforces the meaning of the poem, which is that one does not cherish something until it is gone. She has realized that she did not treasure her husband enough when he was alive. Now that her husband is gone, she is lamenting trying to have her time alone instead of spending her time with him, when she mentions “I, who write poetry, always tried to be by myself / my heart somehow drifted to distant dreams” (Nagase 4, 18) . After this stanza the author takes the blame for her husband’s loneliness. The author also writes in a sad tone when she exclaims: “Please be with me here for real – / saying that makes my tears flow of their own accord” (Nagase 13-14). She is sad now that her husband is dead, and not having spent more time with her husband who is gone; that makes her cry. This tone is reflected in the words the author uses, such as “misfit”, “lonely”, “heartless”, “tears”, “please”, and “sorry”. The author wishes to be back with her husband (Nagase 13, 14,16, 23,

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