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Harwood Essay

  • Submitted by: missypoo96
  • on June 2, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,182 words

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There are many central, timeless themes that are intertwined and developed through many of Gwen Harwood’s poems. One of these include the change of the human condition as humans mature, and go from the innocence of childhood, then to adolescence and afterwards to adult and to the elderly. Roles can be reversed and many attitudes can change. This is explored in Harwood’s poems “Mother Who Gave Me Life”, “Father and Child” and “At Mornington”.

“Mother Who Gave Me Life” is a poem about the relationship between mothers and daughters, and the timeless role of women in society and in particular Harwood and her mother’s relationship. Harwood had a volatile relationship with her mother who died, aged 82, just prior to this poem being published. Mother Who Gave Me Life” also explores the intimate relationship between mothers and daughters and in particular the relationship between Harwood and her mother. The poem also suggests daughters should appreciate their mothers. The fabric motif used throughout “a fabric of marvels folded”, “a lamp on embroidered linen” represents the mother persona as fragile and soft. The continuation of the fabric motif and alliteration, “Fabric of marvels folded” also shows how the daughter idolises her mother because says she lived a life of marvels, but it was an ordinary life. This shows the intimate relationship between the mother and daughter. The phrase “guileless milk of the word” represents the intimacy of breastfeeding and passing on wisdom, two aspects of an intimate mother-daughter relationship. Through many techniques Harwood represents her intimate relationship with her mother on a much more personal level. Harwood makes me readily appreciate the relationship I have with my mother, and how lucky I am. Another theme the poem explores is the role of women in society. The repetitious links of the women with symbols of domesticity “mothers fine threadbare linen/worn still good to the last” celebrates the role of women and doesn’t...

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