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I can’t understand this poem? Can you help me?





Please help me in the analysis of this poem. I can't understand it. Does the words meant a literal meaning or is there a deep meaning beyond it? Please tell me your ideas."When Done For Thee"by Alfredo Elfren LitiatcoThe greatest tasks most trifling seemWhen done for thee, my dear;And for the self-same reason greatThe trifling ones appear.Thus picking up a handkerchiefOr pulling up a chair;Become, when, this for thee, a mostImportant an affair;Whilst setting out to face the world,To fight one's way to fame,Chills not but rather fireIf essayed in the name.



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5 Responses so far.

  1. scopelism says:

    This is one of the stupidest, most insipid poems I’ve read in a long time.The speaker is addressing his love. The idea is that difficult, seemingly insurmountable tasks such as becoming famous seem like nothing or in fact inspire when done for the sake of the great love the speaker feels for the one he adores. On the other hand, small ones, such as picking up a handkerchief or repositioning a chair, seem momentous when done for her.Presumably the speaker is a man because he imagines picking up a handkerchief (a cliche of courtship for centuries) for his beloved or yanking a chair over to the table for her–things a man would do for a woman. He aspires to greatness–”fight one’s way to fame.”I looked up Litiatco (1905-1943–died at 38, perhaps in World War II, perhaps from reading this poem). He was born in the Philippines, so probably was a speaker of Tagalog, not English. Perhaps that excuses the pompous, wooden vocabulary.All I can say is that this is comically bad. The rhythm is mincing, not expressive. The imagery is hackneyed–picking up a handkerchief, “chill” vs. “fire,” etc. The poem is vague: who is this beloved? The final thought is contradictory: do these overwhelming tasks motivate or do they seem trifling? If they do one, they can’t do the other.The only way to save “When Done For Thee” is to make it deliberately comical. Imagine that the person the speaker loves is, say, grossly overweight–300 pounds (thus the chair that is pulled up must be huge and made of stone). Or perhaps she is chronically rheumatic so that handkerchief is the size of a bed sheet.Who on earth would give anyone this poem to analyze?

  2. rodham says:

    it is ok just be ur self and think if u can arrange something there and just research some poems then u can arrange it goood luck!

  3. antilia says:

    The answer lies within the first stanza. It’s a love poem. Even the smallest of act become cherished in my eyes, and the largest of challenges becomes easy if asked in your name. Moth

  4. budgerigars says:

    I’m with Moth on this one its pretty straight forward to me except for the ancient English though.

  5. Saurauia says:

    It doesn’t seem very deep to me.Just, that when you are in love you feel you can achieve impossible feats for the person who is the subject of your affections ….great tasks seem trifling (small/easy) and small gestures of affection can seem massively important to the provider.Also, tasks which would have seemed cold and irksome are not if done with the thought of their lover in their minds.