Gwendolyn Brooks

How is Catharsis produced in the poet, reader, or both in Gwendolyn Brooks poem "The Mother"? How is such an emotional release produced by the poet reader or both? A Question for English Class. Well, I have your answer. In her poem, "The Mother," Gwendolyn Brooks examines the sorrow associated with abortion. The poem is a journey of rationalization for one woman whoever attempts to come to terms with her own guilt and the ghosts of her unborn children. Though it appears that she does not accomplish this, it is certain she is seeking to make peace with her children. If not for their sake, for her own. @ Read more "The Mother" Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, "The Mother" is an introspective look into the internal struggle of a woman whoever has had an abortion. The poem is very powerful and conveys a vast array of feelings and sentiments on the subject such as regret, love, and disappointment in one's self. The poem is largely successful due to it's tone, which is achieved through the personification and choice of diction. To begin with, lines one and two state the general idea of the poem. Abortions will not let you forget. You remember the children you got that you didn't get. @ Read more In a world in which abortion is considered either a woman's right or a sin against God, the poem "The Mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks gives a voice to a mother lamenting her aborted children through three stanzas in which a warning is given to mothers, an admission of guilt is made, and an apology to the dead is given. The poet-speaker, the mother, as part of her memory addresses the children that she "got that [she] didn't get" (Brooks 206). The shift in voice from stanza to stanza allows Brooks to capture the grief associated and an abortion by not condemning her actions, nor excusing them; she merely grieves for what might have been. The narrator's longing and regret over the children she will never have is highlighted by the change in tone throughout. You can feel the remorse she is going through when reading the poem. @ Read more ——-

Gwendolyn Brooks reads "A Song in the Front Yard"