Do you think the title of the poem ‘Nine Gold Medals’ by David Roth appropriate?
David Roth’s poem “Nine Gold Medals” deals with an incident which happened at a Special Olympic race. One of the runners fell down on the track and other eight participants who were ahead of him stopped and returned back to help the fallen one stand on his feet. Then they walked hand-in-hand to complete the race. It was a great display of human compassion. This incident conveyed a great message to the humanity that the world needs more cooperation and collaboration instead of competition now. After that each of the nine athletes was given a gold medal as a recognition of the display of empathy and compassion. They made the Special Olympics really ‘special’.
Now, the title ‘Nine Gold Medals’ conveys the theme of the poem well. This title has made the poem more interesting and memorable. The title can arouse our curiosity as to who won the nine gold medals and for what. The poem has the answer. Moreover, the gold medals are here not awarded for winning a contest in its typical sense, but there is an interesting, heart-touching story in it. Those nine athletes have not won a game, but have won our hearts. They seem more eligible to get gold medals for their golden show of humanity. Thus the title not only reveals the subject-matter of the poem, but also carries a delicate symbol. So, I’d say this is very much just and apt.