Essay on Brooks Analysis

961 Words Mar 22nd, 2011 4 Pages
Sarah Newcomb
Intro to Literature
11/22/10
"The Mother" Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, "The Mother" is an introspective look into the internal struggle of a woman who has had an abortion. The poem is very powerful and conveys a vast array of feelings and sentiments on the subject such as regret, love, and disappointment in one's self. The poem is largely successful due to it's tone, which is achieved through the personification and choice of diction. To begin with, lines one and two state the general idea of the poem. Abortions will not let you forget. You remember the children you got that you did not get.
The first stanza of the poem begins with the introduction to the mother and her plight. The first line introduces plainly
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This is an interesting tactic, as it contrasts an inhuman and human form. Often fetuses are not referred to as "living" beings, and Brooks is bringing light to that conversation. The first stanza references so many actions that many mothers find mundane, but the mother who has never experienced them, treats them as treasured and severely missed moments. The second stanza focuses on the pain and loss of the woman. Brooks writes, "I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children." This is the first line to break the rhyme scheme within the poem. The mother character feels haunted by the silent cries of the multiple abortions she has had. Once again Brooks writes of the acts she will never witness, such as marriages, aches, and first breaths. From the perspective of mother, the reader witnesses the ache of regret. In the lines, I have said, Sweets, if I sinned, if I seized
Your luck" there is an interesting idea planted. The word "If" implies a question in the mother. Perhaps the mother made her decision but society has made her feel the guilt? Although this idea seems largely discounted in the following stanza. In line "Believe that even in my deliberateness I was not deliberate." We are given a taste of the state of mind the mother possessed when she had her abortion. What is being said is that although abortion was the result, it was done with best intentions. The reader is left to infer that perhaps the woman

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