In the Park Analysis Essay

935 Words Jun 5th, 2008 4 Pages
In the park written by Gwen Harwood, was originally written under a male pseudonym. The poem represents the idea of changing identity because of certain circumstances as well as challenging common ideas, paradigms and values & beliefs which is commonly held amongst mothers in today’s society.
Harwood wrote the poem with relatively simple composition techniques but it provides a rather big impact which helps to give an insight into the life of a mother or nurturer which bares the burdens of children.

The title of the poem ‘In The Park’ immediately gives us an image of the geographical landscape in which the poem is set in and from further analysis, the poem is written in a sonnet structure where its 14 lines broken up into two parts
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The words whine, bicker and tug are extremely harsh which is opposing to what we expect to hear when the children are in the park, where happiness and joy is normally created. The children are lost without directions or a goal and are aimless in what they do as the situation portrays the mother to bored and care no longer about what is happening around her.

A new character is introduced into the scene in the fourth line and we learn that he is a ex-lover and she feels a unease having to talk to him as her life is miserable and the fact she is wearing out of date clothes will bring forth a feeling of embarrassment to which an awkward situation will erupt. In comparison the man is summed up with a single economic word, ‘neat’ which gives an indication that he is in control of his life and everything is going the way it should for him.
The conversation they have is small talk and is comprised of a series of superficial clichés which is reinforced by the use of dialogue, “how nice”.
“Time holds great surprises”, another cliché displays humor and a self-satisfaction which the ex holds toward the woman, as the ex is probably thinking how lucky he was to escape a marriage with her and this is shown in a relation to pop art and in a comical fashion

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