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.
According to me the title of the poem ”Nine Gold Medals” actually carries a lot of meaning in it. It arouses a curiosity in the mind of the readers as to who would have been awarded the gold medal but the story is entirely different in a typical manner. It’s about how, when the pistol was exploded, the race got started and all the nine athletes charged ahead on their respective tracks that there happened an unexpected thing, the shortest of all the contestants stumbled, staggered and fell down on his knees to the ground, the Asphalt track. While all the remaining eight athletes, despite undergoing months of strenuous hard work and training, returned and helped the fallen one, continued and finished the race.
The athletes were not awarded for winning the race but they were appreciated and honoured for the recognition of the outstanding display of human compassion, cooperation, collaboration and true sportsman spirit. They had touched the hearts of each of the members present in the congregation. Here, we find that the whole concept of the poem revolves around the athletes and the medals. So I conclude saying that the title is very much distinctive, impeccable, indefectible and apt.