Critical Essay on to My Mother

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The poet's feelings of great admiration for and love of his mother are evident throughout the poem. The opening line with its succession of superlatives, 'most near', 'most dear' and 'most loved', and straight way attests strongly to these feelings. His exuberant exclamation near the end of the poem, 'and so I send O all my faith and all my love to her...'confirms the strength of these feelings. The warm, humorous, delightfully frank way Baker describes his 'irresistible' mother in the intervening lines also convinces us of his strong attachment to her. These feelings are moreover, reinforced by the warm, playful, exuberant tone he employs throughout the poem.

To my Mother by George Baker is, as the title suggests, a tribute to his mother. In the poem he describes his feelings and memories of about her. It is perhaps his method of overcoming his grief over her-possibly soon to be-passing. Because of this the tone of this poem is sombre and respectful. At first glance the poem “To my Mother”, by George Barker is about his mother’s strong and character and the type of woman she was. This leads me to believe the author had a deep respect for his mother and the way she lived her life, and that this was a contributing factor to writing the poem. In the first stanza Barker repeatedly uses the word most - “Most near , most dear, most loved, most far” which shows that he cannot describe how much she meant to him; in each of these she was the utmost pinnacle. The poem was evidently written some during the time of the aerial bombardment of Britain by the Luftwaffe during the Blitz in the Second World War. Barker was then, apparently, living in a far distant part of the world, as seen in the line 'most far'. This was probably sometime between 1942 and 1943 when Baker was living in the U.S.A and Canada. Another meaning is that she is “most near” in his heart but “most far” physically due to her passing away. He goes on to say:

“Under the window where I most often found...
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