The Good Times By William Lawrence Essay

795 Words Feb 7th, 2016 4 Pages
The Good Times As D.H. Lawrence listens to a woman singing and playing piano, he experiences a moment of involuntary memory that is connected to his mother. In his poem “Piano”, Lawrence begins by stating, “softly in the dusk, a woman is singing to me” (1). By using descriptive text throughout the poem, Lawrence illustrates the memory of, “hymns in the cozy parlor, the tinkling piano our guide” (8). Lawrence explains that the singer is “taking me back down the vista of years” which makes it clear that the music the singer played has a strong connection with that his mother used to play (2). He uses imagery to illustrate the climax of the poem, as well as, his real vision of the memory which is likely “the old Sunday evenings, with winter outside” (7). In “Piano”, Lawrence commemorates an emotional moment which is caused by involuntary memory. Everyone has probably experienced involuntary memory in their lives at some point. This type of reminiscing triggers the sensory cortex which may involve something such as smells, sights, or sounds that force your brain upon a memory of the past, whether it be good or bad. My personal experience with these types of memories takes me back to the summers when I was only eights or nine. As a child, I was pretty much anyone might say a “Daddy’s boy,” my father and I would go and do everything together. Some of my favorite times were going to my dad’s friends house and ending the day by going inside to indulge myself in a banana…

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