In the mother’s mind, her son plays a larger role than herself as the most important person in her life. This is shown by the first word of the poem, “He” (1), that is set off from the rest of the line by a comma. It is almost as if the mother is calling to a god, and that god is her son. The reader will be drawn to the first two stanzas, where the mother recrea... ... middle of paper ... ...014 has experienced. Sometimes we can feel like the mother in the poem, hopeless and wanting to drown our sorrows away, but then we can call upon our memories of the people we miss and remember all their life and vibrancy and that gives us more reason to live.
This poem was addressed to her husband as she goes on to say that if she does die that he remember everything positive about her. She even says that he must protect their children from a “step mother injury” and constantly remind them of their mother. Anne goes on to describe the possibility of this tragedy could happen to her. If this does happen to her she wants her husband to kiss the poem to symbolize kissing her after she is gone.
The grief shown by a mother and father is a major theme when comparing the approach of mourning in the two elegies. Katherine Philips gained a lot of attention as a poet after writing “On the Death of My Dearest Child, Hector Philips”. This poem was written in a way to give readers an emotional account of a mother mourning the experience of losing her child. Philips expressed deep emotions from a maternal standpoint in the elegy. Unlike Jonson, Philips had the unspoken right of claiming a deep maternal connection with her son through pregnancy and childbirth.
The reader can imagine what she is going through as a mother watching her child knowing he is about to die soon. In the poem “On my first sonne” the first thing the father says is the word “farewell” and from this the reader can tell the poem is about the father bidding farewell to his treasured son. In the same way Chinua Achebe tries to bring about sadness so does Ben Johnson as they both watch what they have lost or are about to loose. ‘On my first sonne’ and ‘Refugee mother and child’ both have many biblical allusions and the first poem refers to the relationship between Jesus and God because the child was Ben Jonson’s first born just like Jesus and God. In the first stanza Chinua Achebe says “no Madonna and Child could touch that picture of a mother’s tenderness” is a metaphor and refers to Mother Mary and Jesus when he was a child, it also is a comparison between a regular “mother and child” and a “helpless mother and child” which brings about sadness.
Both of these poems reveal the struggle the parents go through in order to provide for their family. Whenever someone mentions the word “mother”, one always tend to think of a very kind and caring figure who always whishes the best for her children. In the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Huges, a mother is telling her son about the obstacles she had to overcome in order to get to the position she is in right now. There comes many moments in our life when we just want to give up and let fate handle everything. We face many difficulties that may not seem we can overcome but we should never give up right away.
In each poem, there is inner conflict between her worldly materialism and solace of spirituality. Bradstreet wrote “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet for her dear grandchildren Elizabeth, who died in 1665 at the age of year and half. Bradstreet was a devout Puritan who believed in God 's grace and His will, but she was also deeply attached to her family. The poem reveals Bradstreet struggling to accept God’s will while mourning on the death of her grandchildren, Elizabeth. In the poem, the speaker expresses her profound feelings of love and grief for her deceased grandchild.
The reader notices Janie struggle in finding herself and over time Janie begins to develop her own ideas and ideals. In Their Eyes Were Watching God each character has their own beliefs towards marriage which in turn develops a viewpoint of how marriage should be and what it shouldn’t be. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (Hurston) explores this marriage issue by showing Janie’s failing love endeavors, showing her real true love, and the after-effects of losing someone dear. First, Janie’s failing love endeavors with her first two husbands. The first ideas about love that Janie was exposed to was those of her grandmother, Nanny.
It is always hard to accept that someone or something you have loved dearly is gone and the poems “A Mother in a Refugee Camp”, “Poem at Thirty-Nine” and “Once Upon a Time” are all no exception to this concept. Love being the dominant link in these poems further presents that if you do not accept or keep grieving for something you have lost, the harder it will be to move on with your life and be happy. In “A Mother in a Refugee Camp”, you can see the infinite love of a mother for her dying son and in “Poem at Thirty-Nine”, you see the love and longing of a daughter for her dead father. Both these poems depict the loss of a loved one but in “Once Upon a Time”, love is not portrayed through death of a loved one. Love is expressed showing the love and longing for innocence of youth.
The second and third quatrains then go on in det... ... middle of paper ... ...lets in both the sonnets have different meanings. George Eliot describes her overall feelings about nature and what her mother had said to her. "And made a happy strange solemnity, A deep-toned chant from life unknown to me" But, Sir Ralegh's ending cuplet is more formal - a prayer and wish is being made for the safety of the son against the three things. "Then bless thee, and beware, and let us pray, We part not with thee at this meeting day". Both sonnets show that the best is wanted for the child/children from the parent, although both poets describe it in many different ways.
In Bradstreet’s poem ‘In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665, Being a Year and a Half Old’ religion plays a key part on managing the grief of death. Being ‘with the Lord forever’ was a promise in ‘My Dear and Loving Husband’ whereas in ‘Memory of My Dear Grandchild it is used to bring comfort. The promise that Elizabeth Bradstreet is ‘then ta’en away unto eternity’ where the Puritan belief suggests she will endure for ‘forever’ and thus they shall meet again. The Puritan belief that ‘we are parted for a little while, but we shall see them again’ helps Bradstreet deal with the grief of the death of her grandchild. Puritanism has clearly permeated every aspect of Bradstreet’s life as her first act in desperate times is to look to her faith but also seeks her religion in every relationship she has whether it be romantic, with her husband, or familial.