Judith Beveridge Poetry Writing Task

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Judith Beveridge Poetry Writing Task The poem “Woman and Child” refer to the various stages of the transition of Siddhartha Gautama as he proceeded to discover the inner peace that would quell his turmoils, and transcend to the being that we all know today as the Buddha. However, this particular poem is special due to the fact that it is based centrally around the particular feeling that Gautama felt that led him on his journey.The poem “Woman and Child” reflects the mood that Gautama must have after he got married—sad and discomforted, reflective and contemplative o his existence and his reason for being here. This poem offers us insight into his mind and feelings before he set off on his journey. In this poem, the main character appears to be a remarkably lonely and saddened lady despite having everything that she could possibly want. As the poem opens, we are greeted with the image of a lady as she watches her child “chase pigeons” and “kick at the leaves piled high”, giving us every impression of a healthy and contented young boy, adding to the list of things that the mother should be satisfied with yet our central character isn’t. The reasons for her feelings are carefully depicted in her surroundings. An example would be the pot of Gardenias. When Gardenias are in bloom, they are rather pleasant to the eyes and the nose. However, after a while, when they begin to wither, they release an unpleasant smell. Similarly, the woman in the poem may liken herself to the “pot of rusting Gardenias”. She may have imagined herself to be joyful and full of life before she had beared a child, like a Gardenia passing its prime age, but eventually became what she is now, feeling the need to stay at home to take care of her son. In the stanzas 4, 5 and 6, our central character begins to feel disconnected to the world and wonders why she feels such when “surely this day is
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