“Piano” by D. H. Lawrence finds a man lost in his thoughts and willing to forgo his macho façade to delve into his memories from his childhood. What a beautiful poem! The imagery takes the reader into both of the scenes of the man’s experiences.
The two scenes are introduced.
In the present, a woman sings and plays the piano for the man in what appears to be a romantic setting. It is dusk and the song soft.
This experience takes the man back to another time. He sees himself as a boy sitting under a grand piano with his mother playing and singing. As she plays, the boy presses her feet. Lovingly, the mother smiles at him.
Blaming the influence of the song, his emotions are caught by the visage of his family sitting in their living room on a wintry Sunday night. They are singing hymns with the piano guiding their voices. The man longs to go back and rejoin his family in this lost memory,
Returning to the present, the woman’s voice now sounds like noise with the great ebony piano in comparison to the man’s memory of his family singing.
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.
He would prefer the quaint time with his family. Despite himself, he cries for the boy that he once was.
What a poignant moment in a person’s or man’s life! To recall a memory so moving that he unashamedly weeps makes the man more masculine and appealing.