The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks
There are a good number of issues in the world that stand unsolved. The debates on some of them are on for ever and ever but a feasible solution has never risen in the horizon. The most prominent among these perennial issues is abortion. It is a topic that has been subjected to serious debate across all the parts of the world. However, so far we have arrived at a convincing answer to believe abortion to be secure and justified or as a heinous crime of the humanity. We have mixed responses, as the topic sways between religious and social perspectives. Gwendolyn Brooks in her poem “Mother” pays tribute to the unborn souls, whose lives were brought to an end by abortion.
She begins the poem by addressing the mothers, who have been subjected to abortions. She say that though the mothers have aborted children but the memory of those unborn ones will never fade away from their memory. “The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair,
The singers and workers that never handled the air”.
Mothers can not forget these little ones that they carried for awhile. Brooks is very creative in her presentation of the concept. She says that as the children aborted were not given a chance to realize their full potentialities, the world can not be sure of what they would have become, if you were allowed to grow. Hence, she calls them as ‘singers and workers’. A touch of satire and irony is very much seen in her presentation of the topic. She says that these are the children, who did not give their mothers a chance to scold them, to silence them with sweets, to threaten by faking ghosts or to punish them for their meanness. It is a indirect hit at the mothers, as they missed the chance to nurse and to enjoy the angelic innocence of these children. Thus, the very beginning of the poem satirizes on the concept of abortion.
Brook’s continues to present the severity of abortion in the second stanza as well. But here there is a change in the...
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