A Study Of An August Afternoon English Literature Essay

Liem Le

Professor Kevin Inguito

English 1B

An August Afternoon

Memories are priceless, unforgettable moments because they are one of things that people cannot use money to buy. Of course, not all memories are good. To me, however good or bad memories are, I am still grateful because they live with me. Hence, after reading a lot of poems in the book, I choose the poem "An August Afternoon" by Bronislaw Maj. It is because It is because the author and I almost have the same memories when going with mother. I love the ways the author describes the priceless time-an August afternoon- that he had with his mother.

In the beginning of the poem, Maj makes an interesting introduction to attract readers when he mentions, "An August afternoon." The word "August" indicates that it is the end of a busy, beautiful summer and the beginning of fall season. At that time, everything seems very perfect and beautiful: colorful flowers, color-changing leaves, gentle winds with warm weathers, romantic scenes, etc. Continuingly, it is more interesting when the author adds the word "afternoon." It makes the author’s scene look sparkling and thoughtful. I love his introduction because it makes me imagine the author’s beautiful scene and eagerly wants me to continue reading his poem.

Next, Maj describes what he exactly remembers when going with his mother. Maj writes, "Even here is heard the rush of the glittering Raba." In my opinion, "the rush of the glittering Raba" seems very ordinary because we usually hear that sound in a city or on a street. However, the author seems very surprised. It is because the place that he is standing may be very quiet. Perhaps, he may think that sound may be rarely heard in this place. Moreover, the author notes, "We look at the mountains, my mother and I." His moment is very interesting because it reveals a warm, sweet relationship between the author and his mother. I can imagine that his mother takes him for a walk on an August afternoon, and the beautiful mountains are so tempting that they must look. The author also notes: "How clear the air is: / every dark spruce on Mount Lubon / is seen distinctly as if it grew in our garden." He remembers that his mother and he enjoy the pure air together, and it seems that he can see clearly every detail on Mount Lubon. "Every dark spruce" and "the air" are examples. Additionally, the word "as if" indicates that his imaginations of the surroundings on Mount Lubon seem familiar with him. The author continuingly writes, "An astonishing phenomenon-it astonishes my mother / and me." I think that "an astonishing phenomenon" can be the beautiful, breathtaking details on Mount Lubon. Perhaps, it can also be the happy, precious moments when he and his mother enjoy sightseeing.

Then, the author describes his innocence and his mother’s love feelings for him on an August afternoon. He writes, "I am four and do not know what it means to be four / I am happy: I do not know what to be means or happiness." I think that Maj at that time is very young and innocent to understand meanings of things around him. An astonishing phenomenon is an example. I guess until now, he still does not know what an astonishing phenomenon is. Maybe the memory of that phenomenon is blurring, or it is hard to describe. However, he still recognizes that phenomenon because it astonishes him. In addition, at that age, he has a very strong, profound feeling because he can remember and describe the remarkable details on an August afternoon: heard the rush of the glittering Raba, look at the mountain, feel the clear air, see dark spruce, and sense an astonishing phenomenon. Perhaps, the details are very simple and important to make Maj easily remember. Continuingly, the author adds, "I know my mother sees and feels what I do." Even though he is very young at that time, he still recognizes that his mother enjoys what he does. In fact, the author wants me to know that he can see how much his mother loves him. "And I know that as always in the evening / we will take a walk / far, up to the wood, already before / long," Maj notes. It seems he wants this moment always happen as he grows up. It is because he wants to take a walk with his mother, see his mother’s warm loves, and enjoy the beautiful things on an August afternoon with his mother.

In this poem, there is a hidden message. As we grow up, we will have some priceless, unforgettable memories. They can be happy or sad. Whether memories can be happy or sad, they are still parts of our life. Therefore, a hidden message in this poem is how we look at our memories. "An August Afternoon" is an example. The memories between the author and his mother on an August afternoon seem simple and fresh, but are full of sentiments. In my opinion, that makes his poem impressive and thoughtful. It is impressive because Maj uses the present tense to describe the time he had with his mother. He wants to keep his memories, including the pictures of his mother, always live with him. It is thoughtful because his memories on an August afternoon are based on when he is four years old. That is why his poem has simple details, but a lot of emotions-emotions of an innocent person.