Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

To A Daughter Leaving Home - Poem by Linda Pastan

When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
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Comments about To A Daughter Leaving Home by Linda Pastan

  • (1/11/2019 9:15:00 PM)

    Too passionate about the process of gradual parting of a daughter loved and cared much. The imagery is great, to teach riding a bicycle is teaching to live. Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/1/2019 6:05:00 AM)

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  • Khairul Ahsan (12/22/2018 10:53:00 PM)

    Though heart wrenching, the poem is very sweet as it evokes personal feelings in the readers' minds. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/12/2018 7:43:00 AM)

    this poem is quite heart braking also really good (Report)Reply

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  • (6/12/2018 9:14:00 AM)

    Oh Linda, what a load of old rubbish! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Juana Cruz (3/16/2018 2:02:00 PM)

    Wow. I like this. I remember letting go of my daughter. like a handkerchief waving goodbye. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/14/2017 8:07:00 AM)

    wow this is good I would read it again (Report)Reply

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  • (12/1/2017 11:05:00 PM)

    i like it. so nice poem.thanks for sharing.10++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/1/2017 5:16:00 AM)

    So beautiful in the way it is taught and guided (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (4/29/2017 8:12:00 PM)

    while you grew
    smaller, more breakable
    with distance,
    pumping, pumping
    for your life, screaming
    with laughter,
    the hair flapping
    behind you like a
    handkerchief waving
    goodbye- - - - - - - - What a wonderful write- - - - - -A mother's struggle.amazement and pride to see her daughter growing, learning and succeeding - - - - - -A quiet satisfaction that she has fulfilled her mission, though separation from the beloved child is quite painful for the mother.To My Poem List.
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  • Rebecca Lyle (2/18/2017 6:30:00 PM)

    a lovely write, sad but sweet, reminds me of my own leaving home (Report)Reply

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  • Neptune Barman (10/23/2016 7:23:00 AM)

    Amazing imagination in the poetry (Report)Reply

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  • (9/29/2013 1:45:00 PM)

    This is of poor technical quality. No evidence of structure, and poor punctuation. Disappointingly arrhythmic, there is little use of pentameter, and this further emphasises the lack of a rhyme scheme. Usually not such a crime in poetry, but under the exceptional circumstance of there being no other poetic device, you might'v expected Pastan to pay attention to something even the average nursery student can add into a poem! She hides behind walls of pathetic and pretentious philosophy and metaphors to cover up the fact that she cannot write a half-decent poem. Long-gone are the days of Tennyson, Keats, Owen, poets who payed attention to structure and technique! (Report)Reply

    (1/25/2019 4:47:00 AM)

    So let's see your contribution.

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  • (8/19/2010 4:17:00 AM)

    Builds up beautifully in so short a time, enough to make the eyes water of those who love children and like to see them happy. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/18/2010 7:42:00 PM)

    I was deeply moved by your beatiful poem.
    It´s so personal and at the same time sounds in every mother´s heart.
    It´s a relief for me, thank you
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  • (3/3/2010 6:29:00 AM)

    It's so good!

    I love the line about her daughter's hair. It was a great simile!
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  • (12/15/2009 12:12:00 AM)

    woW! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    it reminds me of my childhood, when my brother's and sisters decided to leave us home to look for their job and my mother has nothing to do but to watch them leaving while crying.

    nice piece. luv 8!
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  • (1/26/2009 11:11:00 PM)

    Oh! Linda! Such a beautiful metaphor! I imagine most parents have had this experience and saw it just the way you have painted it here. So Lovely. It is one of my favorites since I have found your work. Keep writing and thinking the way you do. You give the finite circle of life such beauty with your words. Keep the work coming for the rest of us to enjoy. Delsie (Report)Reply

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  • (9/17/2008 10:52:00 AM)

    hey a intense fatherly love for the daughter.....lucky daughter....happy for both of you (Report)Reply

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  • (10/28/2007 1:22:00 AM)

    I too enjoyed this metaphor, amd embellish as to me it is also a strong representation of the cyclic nature of living, learning and leaving... One Peace at a Time.. (Report)Reply

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