Theme Of A Mother In A Refugee Camp By Chinua Achebe

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In the poem, ‘A Mother in A Refugee Camp’ Chinua Achebe conveys the close relationship between a mother and a son. Achebe starts with the imagery of the famous painting of “Madonna and Child” by Duccio di Buoninsegna. The painting symbolizes Madonna as Mary, who is seen as the mother of Jesus here because in the bible her character is seen to be lovely and every parent-child relationship is just like that of Mary and Jesus, tender and caring. This is emphasized in the second line of this stanza, “Her tenderness for … have to forget”, the two contrasting words - “tenderness” showing how she cares for her son; “forgets” hints the mother should come back to reality as her son is eventually going to die. This is followed by ellipses to give…show more content…
The poet uses vivid imagery, “sitting under the piano in the boom of the tingling strings” to describe how deep he goes back into his childhood. The onomatopoeia of ‘boom’ and ‘tingling’ contrasts with the soft tunes but the echo brings him back to reality, almost as if creating obstructions in his path to remember his mother. Also the simple music from the piano is seen to be loud to the child that could highlight how important his mother is to him, that recalling her grace and beauty gives him warmth and security. Thus the simplistic language in the poem showcases the affectionate love both the mother and child had for each other. Lawrence constantly juxtaposes between the past, “Taking me back down the vista of years” and the present, “a woman is singing to me” throughout the poem to further depict how the memories of his mother singing to him brings him even more closer to her. Personal pronouns such as “me” used in the line creates a wistful tone that takes him back to those sweet memories of him spending time with his mother while listening to the music. In “ … pressing the small, poised feet of the mother…”, the adjective ‘poised’ defines how his mother’s feet were, which can portray the pride and admiration a child has for its’ parents at any age. This can highlight the closeness between the mother and child , as the piano…show more content…
The poet talks about how “he taught me /that telling the truth/did not always mean a beating”, this may suggest that her father was a genuine man who tried to help her become the nice person he wants her to be by teaching her the morals. The verb ‘grieved’ in this stanza could imply how she had disappointed him by revealing “many of” her “truths”. This sudden contrast in the same stanza tells us how she remembers his teachings more when she thinks about all the mistakes she has done throughout her life and how she might have hurt his feelings. It could also link to death and how she feels more upset about not spending the most time with him, before her father passed away. The poet also mentions the memories she had of him”dancing/in a yoga meditation…” informing the reader how she genuinely misses her father’s presence a lot through the use of simple language in the stanza. The closeness between the poet and the father is constantly reminded by the past fun memories the poet talks about and describes her father as a simple, good human who taught her to always be generous : “happy to feed/whoever strays my way” just like
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