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  1. If Amanda were a Rapunzel, she could do lots of things. First, she could let down her hair to get away from the guards. Then she could meet the handsome prince to fall in love with him. Finally, she could teletransport to her house. Read summary of this poem.

    If Amanda were a Rapunzel, she could do lots of things. First, she could let down her hair to get away from the guards. Then she could meet the handsome prince to fall in love with him. Finally, she could teletransport to her house.

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  1. Following are the key pints in the poem Amanda: Amanda is a little girl who is often scolded by her parents (probably mother) for not doing as they advise. First she is asked to refrain from biting nails, bending her shoulders while sitting. However, Amanda does not listen to her mother and rather iRead more

    Following are the key pints in the poem Amanda:

    1. Amanda is a little girl who is often scolded by her parents (probably mother) for not doing as they advise.
    2. First she is asked to refrain from biting nails, bending her shoulders while sitting.
    3. However, Amanda does not listen to her mother and rather imagines herself  as a mermaid (fictional character having head of a girl and body of a fish) in the sea and enjoying freedom there.
    4. Next, her mother asks whether she (Amanda) has completed her work or not and put the things in order in her room or not. She further says to Amanda angrily that she had told her to clean her shoes.
    5. Amanda agin escapes into dreams. She imagines herself to be an orphan who is roaming around in the street freely.
    6. Her mother again confronts her. She asks Amanda not to eat chocolate as she got acne (pimples) on her face last time. However Amanda does not seem to be interested in her mother’s words which make the latter more angry. She shouts at Amanda that she is talking to her (Amanda).
    7. Amanda again begins dreaming. This time, she imagines herself as a Rapunzel who is in a quiet room and remains there forever.
    8. Finally her mother asks her not be remain lazy and moody all the time. People will think that her parents are harsh towards her. This time Amanda does not dream. It seems that she has accepted the reality. She has learnt to live with harsh words.

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  1. Rapunzel is a fictional character of Greek mythology. She was a beautiful princess who was captured by a witch and locked in a tower with no door. She was very beautiful and had very long golden hair. You can read the story of Rapunzel here. In this poem, Amanda imagines herself to be Rapunzel becauRead more

    Rapunzel is a fictional character of Greek mythology. She was a beautiful princess who was captured by a witch and locked in a tower with no door. She was very beautiful and had very long golden hair. You can read the story of Rapunzel here.

    In this poem, Amanda imagines herself to be Rapunzel because she desires to remain alone in place. She does not want any humans around her. She even says that as a Rapunzel, she will certainly never let her bright golden hair down (which original Rapunzel used to do for her love).

    The words of Amanda show how much fed up she is with her parents and whole humanity.

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  1. Irony of the poem Amanda is that the parents (probably mother) of the little Amanda never understand her. She is scolded by her mother everyday for different things like being lazy, bending shoulders, not doing her work, eating chocolates, remaining moody etc. She is very young and innocent. The harRead more

    Irony of the poem Amanda is that the parents (probably mother) of the little Amanda never understand her. She is scolded by her mother everyday for different things like being lazy, bending shoulders, not doing her work, eating chocolates, remaining moody etc.

    She is very young and innocent. The harsh words of her mother make her depressed. She even desires to be an orphan i.e. live without her parents. Her mother can never understand how her words effect the life of Amanda. She never seems to be talking with Amanda in a polite way.

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  1. From the poem Amanda, we learn that a child is innocent and very sensitive and very creative as well. The mother of Amanda keeps scolding and abusing her every day which makes her (Amanda) escape into imaginations. She imagines different things like being a mermaid (a fictional animal with head of aRead more

    From the poem Amanda, we learn that a child is innocent and very sensitive and very creative as well. The mother of Amanda keeps scolding and abusing her every day which makes her (Amanda) escape into imaginations. She imagines different things like being a mermaid (a fictional animal with head of a girl and body of a fish), an orphan (whose parents are dead) and Rapunzel.

    Every parent should always love his/her children and advise them with love and care. The children should never be insulted. The harsh words have adverse effect on the upbringing of children. In the poem, Amanda, becomes moody and angry because of daily taunts.

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  1. Following are the main themes in the poem Amanda: Children are Innocent and Sensitive In the poem, little Amanda is very innocent and sensitive. Everyday she is insulted and scolded by her mother for not obeying her. Her mother asks her to do this and that. Amanda being sensitive, cannot bear the haRead more

    Following are the main themes in the poem Amanda:

    Children are Innocent and Sensitive

    In the poem, little Amanda is very innocent and sensitive. Everyday she is insulted and scolded by her mother for not obeying her. Her mother asks her to do this and that. Amanda being sensitive, cannot bear the harsh words and instead escapes into imaginations. She imagines herself as superficial characters (those who don’t exist) like Rapunzel, mermaid etc.

    She even desires to be an orphan i.e. without parents because she desires freedom, liberty, peace and quietness. It shows that how her life has been restricted by her parents. The poem thus deals which a very important theme; freedom and liberty for children. Those who are brought up in restricted conditions are often moody and easily irritating.

    Creativity of Amanda

    Little Amanda seems to be a very creative child. She imagines to be a mermaid (an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish) in the slow moving, green and quiet sea. Next, she imagines to be an orphan and walk with bare feet as a free child. Imagine how creative she is!.

    She also imagines herself to be Rapunzel and desires to remain in the locked castle (without a door) and does not want any human around her.

    Hence, the poet wants to show that a child is very creative. Most of the parents cannot understand or appreciate their creativity which the poet seems to be criticising in the poem.

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  1. Following poetic devices have been used in the poem Amanda: Metaphor: It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. In the poem, Amanda imagines herself as mermaid and Rapunzel. Repetition: It is a literary device in whiRead more

    Following poetic devices have been used in the poem Amanda:

    1. Metaphor: It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. In the poem, Amanda imagines herself as mermaid and Rapunzel.
    2. Repetition: It is a literary device in which a word or phrase is repeated two or more times. In the poem, words like Amanda, Don’t etc are repeated again and again for poetic effect.
    3. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. Stop that slouching and sit up straight”, “Did you tidy your room” etc.
    4. Allusion: It is a literary device in which the writer or speaker refers either directly or indirectly to a person, event, or thing in history or to a work of art or literature. In the poem, Amanda imagines herself to be mythological characters like mermaid and Rapunzel.

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  1. In the final stanza, we come to know that Amanda is short-tempered, angry and moody girl. She always remain in rage and never seems to be smiling. However there are reasons behind such a mood of her. She is often subjected to insult, abuse and harsh behaviour. Her mother keeps taunting and scoldingRead more

    In the final stanza, we come to know that Amanda is short-tempered, angry and moody girl. She always remain in rage and never seems to be smiling. However there are reasons behind such a mood of her.

    She is often subjected to insult, abuse and harsh behaviour. Her mother keeps taunting and scolding her without know how it is affecting her.

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  1. Amanda is seen moody most of the time because she is scolded by her mother almost every time for not obeying her advises and commands. Read summary of this poem.

    Amanda is seen moody most of the time because she is scolded by her mother almost every time for not obeying her advises and commands.

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