A comparison of the way language is used in P.S.F.M.M and Born Yesterday. Praise song for my mother and Born Yesterday are two closely related yet contrasting poems; They both talk of loved relatives, however in Grace Nichols' poem she talks of her deceased mother in an uplifting positive manner whereas Philip Larkin talks of his newborn niece in a plain yet hopeful fashion. The poems start in different ways, with Larkin addressing the newborn child "tightly folded bud" and Nichols starting without introduction "You were water to me deep and bold and fathoming"; the metaphor "tightly folded bud" is used to show that this newborn infant has not grown any personality or features that would affect her, so it seems that Larkin uses this as a blank slate so he can imprint what he wants onto the child. Larkin continues on to say "I have wished you something none of the others would" he uses this as a pretence (as if he is preparing her for the unconventional blessing) to what he is going to say about the child. Nichols uses a essential of life "water" to introduce what the poem will be like: her describing how much Nichols needed her.
When reading this poem it seems short and a bit confusing to the reader, but once the reader finds something to apply it to, doors open to many new meanings. The poem contains a theme of madness against sanity, and remains open to a variety of deeper meanings. I applied this poem to Amy Tans book, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, because both the poem and the book contain a theme of rebellion, as well as madness. The Bonesetter’s Daughter focuses on the relationship experienced between a mother and her daughter. The book goes through three different time phrases from modern day California to the lives of Precious Auntie and Luling, and then transitions to Ruth understanding more about her mother and the wonderful person she didn’t see her for when she was growing up.
Sommers is trying to teach her daughters that there is more out there and that they can be optimistic, despite what may be going on in our lives. I agree with the writer because I believe that as long as you have life there is hope. Sommers wanted to teach her daughter that they can use their mother and grandparents as examples to better themselves and learn from it all. “To learn a personal eloquence I could never learn at home”. The writer was not able to learn how to speak articulacy because she had inherited a language from her parents.
I find Girl to be a very brave and risky character, as is Oedipus. On page 81 of Mother Hicks, Girl is discussing her background with Mother Hicks. She states that she is no longer on the look out to find her mother, but she is rather in search for her name. “I know, but I can’t go back there until I find what I need” (81). This line is Girl’s response to Mother Hicks stating that her mother cares and wants her back.
In the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, the mother is protecting her daughter through her parenting style in many ways. The mother in the story only wants whats best for her daughter and is teaching her daughter from life experiences. Others might argue that this is a verbally abusive relationship, but the mother is really looking out in the best interest of her daughter. “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, is a story in which the daughter describes all the rules her mom used to discipline her daughter in a way that would prepare her for life. Many may argue that the way Jamaica’s mother spoke to her was “verbally abusive” but in reality her mother was showing her how to prepare for the world and everything in it.
* I am going to compare the themes of two short stories, “I Stand Here Ironing” and “Everyday Use”. “I Stand Here Ironing” is written in a participating narrator point of view. Her theme is a basis of motherhood. She claims as though the position of a mother and how society expects to be is truly just a discovery of how to overcome obstacles. It also focuses on the points of guilt and regret in her life as a mother and how she feels that there is guiltiness within her because of the absence she has made within her daughters’ life.
Alice Walker’s, “Everyday Use” gives readers a narrow glimpse of how a mother views her daughter. In “How It Feels to be Colored Me”, Zora Neale Hurston shows readers how one woman develops her identity, and changes with those around her. One theme that stood out in the readings discussed in
The complex relationship between parent and child The two poems “Repetitions for my Mother” by Lorna Crozier and “Guitar Repair Women” by Buddy Wakefield share the complex relationship between parent and child through differences and similarities within the poem. The poems talk about the respect and love they give to their mother. In the two poems, “Repetitions for my Mother” by Lorna Crozier and “Guitar Repair Women” by Buddy Wakefield explain that the love and respect they give to their mothers. In Crozier’s poem the speaker says “I want my mother to live forever,” showing how much the speaker loves their mother. In Wakefield’s poem the speaker mentions “and I use a padded microphone/so I don’t hurt you/because sometimes I smash things,” showing the respect he gives to his mother.
This is different to Praise song for my Mother, which is a poem all about the closeness the speaker has with their mum. ‘Go to your wide futures, you said’ this last line as its own stanza is the only part of the poem which she relates to what her mother said to her. When she says ‘wide futures’ he mother might have known how well she would have done in the future. Also when she uses the repetition of ‘ you were’ could suggest that her mother isn’t here anymore and that she is dead and she was describing what she was. ‘Unable to close the distance I’d set in motion’ this could suggest that the distance in relationship has grown further and further apart between the speaker and the brother, and also it uses imagery to make it more real like.
The Ancient Worldview Grand Canyon University Introduction to World Literature The Ancient Worldview I selected two pieces by Florentine Codex “The Mid-Wife Addresses the Newly Delivered” and “The Midwife Addresses the Woman Who Has Died in Childbirth.” I thought that each piece was moving by expressing the value placed upon life. I truly enjoyed “The Mid-Wife Address the Newly Delivered” it outlined the purpose of a new birth. I believe that each of the writing is evident in the world by the recognition of life purpose. In stanzas of the poem “The Mid-Wife Addresses the Newly Delivered” Codex has a midwife give praise to a woman for her strength in enduring a hard labor during childbirth by using descriptive words such as “toiled,