the woman who speaks to the man who has employed her son Essay

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‘The Woman Speaks to the Man Who has Employed her Son’ Lorna Goodison was born 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica. Her family was a large one comprising nine children. She attended St. Hughes High School and later, studied Art both in Jamaica and New York. Her first collection of poetry, ‘Tamarind Season’ was published in 1980. Several collection followed, as well as two prose fiction works. Her books have won many awards. Goodison’s themes include motherhood and the female in society. Currently she divided her time between her Jamaican home and the university of Michigan where she is an associate Professor in the Department of English and the Centre for African American Studies. Summary A single mother tries to raise her son well…show more content…
The allusion implies both the death of a rebellious son and the lament fo the parent wailing in his name in grief. ANALYSIS FORM The poem is written in six stanzas of free verse. There is no set rhyming scheme and the free verse created a conversational style, appropriate in light of the poem’s title which suggests a conversation between two persons. MAJOR THEMES 1. PARENTING The poem points out the need for both parents to contribute to raising their child. Boys, especially, need their fathers as role models. Parenting is depicted as a difficult and often rewarding task, especially when the children become rebellious. (a) Motherhood Motherhood, especially for single mothers is challenging from the onset of pregnancy to the growing up stage of the child. This mother tries her best with her son and cannot be blamed for his delinquency. As a mother, she has high ambitions for her son and is grieved at how easily he is swayed by a negative influence. Her experience reflects the pain of all mothers through the ages. The fear of bad influences leading their children astray is one of the recurring anxieties of motherhood and the image of the heartbroken mother praying for her wayward child seems to have become a stereotype of mothers over the ages. (b) Absentee Fathers The poem comments on the trend of fathers abdicating their responsibilities to their children and leaving the burden of childcare
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