“Waking with Russell” is taken from Don Paterson’s 2003 collection, “Landing Light”. The poem is about the feelings of love that the poet rediscovers when his first son is born. This essay will address the idea of middle-age in the poem, and how Paterson effectively conveys his ideas on the subject.
“companion pieces” based on the same theme.
Paterson effectively blends narrative and reflection.
The narrative of the poem makes use of imagery/ sound/ alliteration/ contrast…
Paterson also uses imagery/ sound/ alliteration/ contrast/ etc/ to support his reflections on…