Analysis Of Harwood 's Poems About Death And Loss Essay

1119 Words Aug 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Harwood’s poems are as much about love and life as they are about death and loss.
Gwen Harwood once wrote that one must immerse themselves in the shades by confronting harrowing truisms, namely an awareness of life’s brevity and death’s inevitability, in order to find solace in difficult times. While Harwood’s poems consider death as a plaguing concern, she does not remain morbidly transfixed on grief and loss. A celebration of significant relationships with loved ones and reflecting upon fond experiences allow the persona to transcend the fleeting nature of life’s cycle. Harwood utilises the raw and confronting concern of death and loss to emphasise the importance of living expressively and relishing the moment. Harwood’s At Mornington and Mother Who Gave Me Life explore important memories with loved ones to enable the persona to eternalise moments of a meaningful life and to seize the day. Both poems establish an anchoring in love and life to the same extent as in experiences of death and loss.

Central to Harwood’s poetry are universal anxieties concerning life’s inevitabilities, and reflective contemplations on cherished moments allow the persona to transcend their fears and appreciate life’s significance. At Mornington is a free-verse postmodern poem romanticizing the contemplative passage, portraying the frailty of the persona to pervading anguish. Low modality of “I seem to remember” symbolises vague memories which are then clarified in “indeed I remember”,…

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