Discovering Parent-Child Relationships in Poems
In 'Before you were mine' simply by Carol Ann Duffy, '*Motherâ€¦' by Sue
Armitage, 'On my 1st Sonne' simply by Ben Jonson and 'The Song from the Old
Mother' by WB Yeats the theme of parent-child relationships is definitely
explored. Yet , each poem makes a diverse comment concerning this
relationship as well as the tensions it might create. Parent-child
relationships may bring joy and security but also soreness and
The title in the poem 'Before you were mine' instantly tells the
reader the fact that relationship here may be unbalanced. The speaker of
the poem is usually somewhat etroite, the word 'mine' suggesting title.
The relationship among mother and daughter can be explored additional by
the speaker's mention of the her single mother's life prior to her beginning:
I'm a decade away from the spot you laugh on
along with your pals, Margaret McGeeney and Jean Duff. (ll. 1-2)
The poem is broken into four stanzas, the initial two handle events
prior to the speaker's birth. This surprising idea indicates a certain
inevitability; the way the mom lived was bound to end. However
these types of first two stanzas could also portray a closeness between the
two, as the child offers knowledge of her mother's previously life, being aware of
her friends names.
You have the sense in 'Before You were mine' that the mom holds
The decade before my deafening, possessive shout was the best one, eh?
This range not only evokes the sobbing of a newborn baby child but also
advises what all their relationship can be. The word 'possessive'
creates the idea that the child has a hold on its mother, the reverse
of what you might expect. The descriptions of the mother while 'Marilyn'
in the 'ballroom together with the thousand eyes' before the children's birth
signify the mom had a exciting life and certain dreams
which were put away for your child.
Similarly, '*Motherâ€¦' suggests that parent-child relationships may be
restrictive, but here is it doesn't child who have struggles to select from
freedom and security, although in 'Before You Had been Mine' the mother