Flashcards in Walking Away Deck (4)
'With the pathos of a half-fledged thing set free into a wilderness.'
The final two lines of the poem are a conclusion- he understands that whilst it was a painful event, it was necessary as part of his son's development. 'How selfhood begins with a walking away, and love is proved in the letting go.'
The use of the regular ABACA rhyme scheme reflects the steadiness of the father's parental love and the repetition of the A rhyme reflects how the memory is still affecting him years later.