Comment on How Gillan Clarke in “Catrin” and Chinua Achebe in “Refugee Mother and Child” Effectively Offers a Mother’s Perspective.

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Both “Catrin” and “Refugee mother and child” offer two different perspectives of a mother’s constant and continual love. “Catrin” shows the continuous struggle between mother and child starting from birth whilst “Refugee mother and child” shows the very last moments of a mother caring for her dying child until the very end. Both poems offer different perspectives of a mother’s love through the poet’s use of diction and techniques. The mother in “Refugee mother and child” cares for her child even though he is dying. She is still happy to be holding the child that she had given birth to but at the same time feels regretful that her son had to be born into such a terrible situation. “Most mothers there had long ceased to care but not this one”, the mother in this poem has an unrelentless and undying love for her child, this is emphasized in the quote by saying “most mothers” would have given up but this one did not. Her love stays strong to show that a mother’s love is eternal and Chinua Achebe uses the phrase “ghost smile”, a haunting memory of a smile that used to be there to express the mother’s sorrow since she’s about to lose her child, but happiness too because she will be there with her son in his dying moments before he passes away. She will always love her child no matter what and this expresses the idea that a mother’s love for her child is forever lasting. She held her child tightly in her arms, a boy which is about to die but she still has pride in her eyes. “ her eyes the ghost of a mother’s pride” Her pride for having a son still lingers around but it is very faint, the use of the word “ghost” confirms that though her pride is still there it is just a former shell of what it used to be. This doesn’t deter the fact that her love and dedication is unceasing towards her son. The mother’s persistent love for her child is represented and emphasized when she does a simple act of combing his hair. “-began carefully to part it...” Her carefulness when she...
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