With close reference to Before you were mine Mother..any distance and

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With close reference to Before you were mine Mother..any distance and
On my first Sonne explain how imagery, structure and language are used to convey these relationships.

Relationships between Parents and Children are described in several poems in the Anthology. With close reference to 'Before you were mine'
'Mother..any distance' and 'On my first Sonne' explain how imagery, structure and language are used to convey these relationships.

The three poems all contain different ideas on relationships between parents and children. In before you were mine, the author writes about how someone imagines their mother, and her life, before they were born. Mother..any distance tells of a son's changing relationship with his mother,
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As the child grows, so do the distances.
He is further away, the emotional gap has grown, and he only occasionally reports back to her, '...reporting meters, centimeters back to base.' The mother is 'base' where he starts off. 'You at the zero end, me with the spool of tape,' The tape represents the emotional distance between them, as he grows.

Mother ..any distance has quite a simple structure. It begins by telling how a mother helps with small things; as the poem progresses, the child goes onto greater distances, and heights, until finally they are reaching out, needing to leave. To be a success, or to fail. The author shows how the child has grown up, and grown away from his mother. Starting small, and ending up at the very top peak of the house, and the end of his childhood. The increasing size of measurements is used to represent the growing distance between mother and son. Without this structure the poem lacks meaning, and the reader would struggle to understand its message

On my first Sonne does not follow any particular structure. It is not repetetive, as the other two are. It is a short, precise and effective poem, although words are few, those used are very powerful, as well as the phrases. Half way through the poem, the author uses a paradox,

'O, could I loose all father
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