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.
In ‘Prayer before Birth’, written by Louis MacNeice during the Second World War, the persona (an unborn child) shows its fear of entering the world and is scared of what the world can do to innocent people: it does this through a form of a prayer in which it pleas to be turned away from the danger that the future may hold. ‘A Mother in a Refugee Camp’, written by Chinua Achebe, talks of the mother of her dying child who continues to take care of him. The poem talks of the horrific conditions in which they had to live and it depicts the death that cannot be avoided and the loss of loved ones. ‘War Photographer’, written by Carol Ann Duffy, describes the inner battle within a war photographer as he returns back home to England after he had completed a tour. He finds it difficult to keep in his feelings as the horror and terror he witnessed resurface in his normal life.
I know you’ve been skeptical of putting poetry into the Rugby Review, but I believe that this poem is worthy to be the first. Because at some point in our lives, we will all have to come to terms with death and this poem speaks to that experience. In “Death of a Young Son by Drowning”`, Margaret Atwood writes about a mother trying to cope with the loss of her son. The emphasis on the youth of the child makes us feel even more sympathetic towards the speaker. Atwood tackles death, a subject that we all, as living beings, struggle to understand.
The short poem Daddy by Sylvia Plath illustrates how important it is for a child to have a relationship with his or her father. The main theme in this poem is loss of a loved one. Here, Sylvia Plath is clearly the speaker in this poem. She is very depressed and is angry that her father died and she blames him for leaving her. People who have experienced a traumatic childhood by losing a parent often grow up to blame the one who is dead.
The main reason for this is because I read the poem expecting to read about a woman who forgave her father for some wrongdoing that he had done, but that is not what I got from the poem. The poem starts out with telling how the money was stretched thin and that they lived from paycheck to paycheck. Then it moves on to tell that the narrator’s mother died at a young age. This is shown when in line six it says, “my mother’s hand open in her early grave.” This lead into the narrator telling us that the father was an adulterer, and that he and his wife had an unhappy marriage. The daughter seemed to be trying to forgive her father for all of this, but she was not succeeding.
Robert Frost's "Home Burial" is a masterfully written example of such works, conceived from his and his wife's anguish at the loss of their first-born son as well as from the estrangement between his sister-in-law and her husband due to the death of their child. In Donald J. Greiner's commentary on Frost's works, "The Indespensible Robert Frost," it is revealed that "Mrs. Frost could not ease her grief following Elliot's death, and Frost later reported that she knew then that the world was evil. Amy in "Home Burial" makes the same observation". "Home Burial" illustrates the cause of the failing marriage as a breakdown of communication, both verbally and physically, between two people who adopt totally different views in the midst of crisis.
Within this piece of work, Plath uses direct references to how she feels towards her father who was the greatest influence on her poetry. The bond, or lack of, between Sylvia Plath and her “Daddy” is commonly associated with the purpose of her poetry. Her father died when Plath was only ten years old and this created a tremendous amount of stress on the family as her mother was trying to raise her children as a single mother. Her father’s death forced her mother, Aurelia, to work two jobs, sell her home, and move in with her family to support the children. Dealing with the death of a husband is extremely hard to cope with, without the added stressor of a limited amount of money to try to buy food and put a roof over your children’s head.
Ironically, Bradstreet describes life after her death in her poem “Before the Birth of One of Her Children” and states that husband to look for her love by looking at her children stating, “And when thy loss shall be repaid with gains, / Look to my little babies, my dear remains” (Before the Birth of One of Her Children lines 21-22). She also speaks of her husband’s next wife by stating, “These O protect from stepdame’s injury”, hoping that their step mother does not hurt her children (Before the Birth of One of Her Children line 24). Taylor shows more about planting his seeds in his wife approach when speaking about his children. He writes “One knot gave one tother the tother’s place. / Whence Chuckling smiles fought in each other’s face”, he’s describing the joy of watching his children playing with each other
Parent Child Relationships in Before You Were Mine, Kid, On My First Sonne, and The Song Of The Old Mother All of the poems are about emotions and parent child relationships. In Before You Were Mine, the girl idolises and loves her mother. Whereas the man in Kid feels angry towards his father, and resents him too. In the poem On My First Sonne, the father loves his son a lot and feels grief for his dead son. Which is different from The Song Of The Old Mother as in this the mother is angry and annoyed at her children.
The setting is during war-time and the particular war is blurred without further details. The mother has lost someone very close to her and his son visualizes his mother in different roles. His unconditional love is evident as he portrays his mother in everyday life with the challenges she is facing. In the sonnet “To my Mother” George Barker uses poetic devices such as similes, imagery, and connotation to demonstrate his mother’s strong and endearing qualities. Similes are used to compare two different