The Secret Heart Review and Assess
Robert P. Tristram Coffin 1. Whose memory is described in
Across the years he could recall
His father one way best of all.
In the stillest hour of night
The boy awakened to a light.
5 Half in dreams, he saw his sire
2. What event is recalled in the
With his great hands full of fire. poem?
The man had struck a match to see
If his son slept peacefully.
He held his palms each side the spark
10 His love had kindled in the dark. 3. What quality do both the speaker
and the son recognize in the
His two hands were curved apart father?
In the semblance of a heart.
He wore, it seemed to his small son,
A bare heart on his hidden one.
15 A heart that gave out such a glow 4. The boy is “half in dreams”
No son awake could bear to know. during the incident. How might
It should a look upon a face
being half asleep affect his
Too tender for the day to trace. impressions?
One instant, it lit all about,
20 And then the secret heart went out.
But it shone long enough for one
To know that hands held up the sun. 5. What does the boy discover
about his father?