Summary Of How Difficult By Lydia Davis

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“How Difficult” by Lydia Davis is a wonderful poem full of emotions. It can be interpreted in distinct ways and a variety of questions tend to build up. The poem revolves around the mammoth impact a mother had on the speaker. The speaker appears weak throughout the story almost as if traumatized, but there is strength that seeps through the words as the poem progresses. In the beginning of the poem the speaker starts talking about the judgment her mother drops on her over a long period of time. Throughout the poem words are constantly referencing the speaker in a negative way “Selfish, carless, irresponsible, etc.”(1&3). These words may seem simple and harmless but using them repetitively could cause damage. A hammer may seem like nothing

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