Analysis of Mementos I by W.D.Snodgrass
These are pieces of his past, which are useless, yet kept, perhaps in a dusty drawer- long forgotten. He reacts with horror when among the pieces of his flotsam; he discovers the photograph of his former wife and love. "Your picture. That picture."The level of his shock and horror at his discovery is evidenced by his description of himself as "a man raking piles of dead leaves in his yard/ Who has turned up a severed hand". It is more than clear that this love did not end well.
Both marriages brought ‘treachery’ and ‘unspoken regret’ onto all parties involved; however, good times were also had. Speak to any Briton over Britain’s greatest point in history and they will tell you of a time when colonial domination was rife, concentration camps were being used on Boers in South Africa, and profits from the slave trade were used to build beautiful cities like Bristol. Readers, they speak of the British Empire. I doubt that the same list would be compiled by those more patriotic than I; however, the point remains: although the British Empire brought the world many horrors, it also brought the world many gifts. For this, we must be happy. Simultaneously, we must be ashamed.