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Ordinary Life Poem Analysis

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The irony in the poem of Ordinary Life displays an uncharacteristic and unordinary day of a mother. For example, "Went off to school / Without a murmur / Remembering their books, lunches, gloves"(2-4). This can be a parent's dream of their children well-behaved, instead of forgetting school supplies and making loud sounds in the morning. For instance, "The baby and I built block stacks /and blended into naptime” (7). The irony shows the mother is comfortable with her daily routine and playing with the blocks with the baby shows that her childhood remains with her. In other words, "Grace before bread" (22). Not all families say a grace before they eat, but in the poem, it reflects how families are kept together with their own traditions and
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