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The Black Lace Fan my Mom Gave me Commentary on "The Black Lace Fan my Mom Gave me" by Eavan Bolland The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me Eavan Bolland reflects on the last of a love life span of a few during pre-war Paris with a symbol, a 'Black Lace Fan'. Bolland achieves this through using weather imagery, the shifting of his nervous from past to present, also using literary features such as simile, metaphor, personification and reproduction. From the very first stanza of the poem, Bolland disconcerts the reader by using the diction "that it" twice, though representing different things. The initial 'it' represents the lace and the second 'it' can be used to replace the climate of the setting. "It had been stifling. /A starless storm created the nights stormy." This quotation starts building up the pressure in your reader's mind because of the suffocated sense that the poet generates by mentioning the term "stifling" in a short sentence that produces a frustrated tone. The metaphor explaining the stormy night also produces a sense of insecurity through the weather vision by expressing pressure through contradicting dictions like "drought" and "stormy". The first two lines of the second stanza have a repetition of this term "they" as the very first word of every line. This reproduction is utilized to create a rhythm and also to describe the routine of this man and girl meeting in cafes and the woman constantly being ancient. "They met in cafes. She was always early. / He was late. That evening he was later. / They wrapped the fan. He looked at his watch." The syntax of this quotation creates a tone that is frantic as the sentences are brief and the reader will read that part of the poem quickly, and with a jerk in the middle of each...