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Elegy For My Father's Father Summary & Analysis
by James Baxter

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"Elegy for my Father's Father" was written by New Zealand poet James K. Baxter (1926-1972). As its title suggests, the poem is an elegy—a lyric poem lamenting the death of someone close to the speaker, in this case the speaker's grandfather. Whereas readers might typically expect a poem with this title to focus on regret, Baxter subverts this idea by presenting the grandfather as an emotionally distant character—as someone who did not have a close relationship with his family and thus will not be especially mourned.

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