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1Poem analysis by Nova Starr S. Lacerna I got flowers todayPoem by Paulette Kellyc1999Poem analysis byNova Starr S. Lacerna
2I got flowers today - Paulette Kelly It wasn't my birthday or any other special day.We had our first argument last night, And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me. I know he is sorry and didn't mean the things he said. Because he sent me flowers today.Insert an audio reading of the poem. Record it myself maybe. Margaux’s phone.
3I got flowers today. It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day. Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me.It seemed like a nightmare. I couldn't believe it was real. I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over. I know he must be sorry. Because he sent me flowers today.
4I got flowers today, and it wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day. Last night, he beat me up again. And it was much worse than all the other times. If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of my kids? What about money? I'm afraid of him and scared to leave. But I know he must be sorry.Because he sent me flowers today.
5I got flowers today. Today was a very special day. It was the day of my funeral. Last night, he finally killed me. He beat me to death. If only I had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him, I would not have gotten flowers...today.
6The Elements of the Poem Add falling purple leaves.
7Structure Contemporary Dramatic Monologue The poem is a wherein the SPEAKER is a WOMAN.It is a vers libre poem; there are no meter patterns and rhyme scheme
8Characters Woman Husband She is a battered wife and a worried mother. a brutal husband anda killer.
9SettingIt is not stated but there is an implication that it is at ahousein the evening timewhich shifts to the morning.placetime
10ImageryThe imagesare connected to the dramatic situation because they are likethe mobile scenes in a movie.All the 4 unpleasant images in the poem appeal to the visual, auditory, and tactile senses.
11Image 11st fight:The couple was fighting and the husband said many cruel words to the wife. The next day, the husband sent her some flowers.
12Image 2 Worsening fight: The husband threw the wife to wall and choked her.The woman woke up in the morning with a body full of bruises but she received flowers from her husband.Worsening fight:
13Image 3 Enraged battery: The husband continues to furiously batter his wife.The wife starts to think of leaving but she weights her decision by the consequences. In the morning, she receives flowers again.
14Final image Eternal rest: The husband excessively batters the wife to DEATH.
15The dead wife expressed her Final ImageEternal rest:In the line“If only I had gathered enough courageand strengthto leave him. . . “ The dead wife expressed herregret for justreceiving the flowersnot fighting back.
16Imagery The images is the DOMINATING ELEMENT amongst all elements because the message is being clearly delivered to the readersusing images and scenes of a wife being battered by the husband.There is a pattern of the husband beating her every night
17Imagery and Organic Unity And every morning,there is an image of her being left with flowers.The images is used as a unifier of the elements thusemancipating a tone of violence and fear andgiving it’s ultimate effect on the readersin the campaign against violence on women.
18Simile“It seemed like a nightmare” – The wife’s experience was compared to a terrifying dream where she felt helplessness.IronyThere was no special or happy event but the wife gets flowers. Instead she receives it because something horrifying at home is happening.
19symbol Flowers – a symbol for apology of the husband who hurt his wife -- a symbol for tolerance ofthe wife’s suffering of herhusband’s violence.-- a symbol for the funeralfor the wife
20Theme “ I got flowers today . . . The repeated lines in every stanza, which serve as the chorus in the poem is:“ I got flowers today . . .. . . Because he sent me flowers today”It also serves as the theme of the poem: SUFFERING due toDOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
21Theme Domestic violence! Fighting and misunderstanding between couples is a normal part of a relationship but it becomes unacceptable and even unforgivable to physically hurt someone.Nothing, not even a marriage contract, gives you the license to ABUSE someone.
22Think about all the unreported cases . . . The issue of domestic violence on women here in the Philippines isnot really new. The graph below shows the statistics of reported caseson violence on women in the country. (UNHCR, 2011)Think about all the unreported cases . . .
23We must support the campaign against domestic violence on women because it causes trauma and death.We must respect women for who they are becausethey too are humans and therefore has feelings.