Elegy for My Father, Who Is Not Dead Summary & Study Guide

Andrew Hudgins
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Lines 1-2

As though the reader were a listening friend, Hudgins's first two lines declare a personal "fact" in a simple sentence with plain words. "One day," he surmises, someone will call, and he'll hear that his father has died. It will be somewhat expected, however, because his father is elderly, and "he's ready." It's not unusual to hear aging or seriously ill people claim they're "ready" to die. The poem begins in familiar language with a familiar situation.

Lines 3-6

It is Hudgins's habit, however, to peel the layers off the familiar until it yields something more pungent and particular. In these lines, he begins to explore more precisely, and individually, just what "he's ready" means to his father. Here we learn that his father's religious faith is what enables this readiness to die. His faith has assured him that there is a "world beyond this world...

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