Essay Poems Dealing with Parent/Child Relationships

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Poems Dealing with Parent/Child Relationships All of these poems deal with parents’ relationships with and reflections on their children. Show how the poets bring out their feelings through use of theme, language, imagery and structure The relationship between parent and child is one of great mystery and also profundity. Love can survive a lifetime but can also falter within a second, though the love of a parent for their child, their offspring, no matter what, is eternal and unconditional. Though it is hard to express a love so full of devotion, so powerful it can survive generations, in to a few simple words. Yet here we have three poems written over four centuries expressing the author’s love for their child. Although the…show more content…
This poem was decidedly more upbeat than the pre twentieth century texts, although all are focused on the same particular aspect of parental love. She is, during the poem, trying to express her anticipation of the birth of something that she had created and how she feels about continuing the ever-changing circle of life. She tries to convey with a number of images what she feels about the child’s development and how she sees it as much more than another life developing inside her. It starts with the line ‘Clown like, happiest on your hands’, which immediately indicates that the mother sees her baby as something to rejoice in, that perhaps make her laugh. We also have the image of the way a clown tumbles around during circus performances; perhaps a reference to way the child is positioned in the womb. This is the first of many images used to describe the child as the mother in her own mind sees it. Feet to the stars and moon-skulled is perhaps the first reference to indicate that the baby is still yet to be born, but is still in the stages of development in the mother’s womb. Feet to the stars once again may refer to the way the child is curled up tightly in the womb, while ‘moon-skulled’ would be describing the shape of the baby’s head while still developing, the round smoothness with roughly carved features not yet fully defined and maybe the colour of the scan, a similar dark grey yet glowing in places, a similar shade to the moon on some
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