Praise Song for My Mother

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Praise Song for Point Example Effect
My Mother
4 stanzas and an extra The use of an extra line slows down the pace of the poem and can be interpreted as the mother's voice reaching out and guiding her children towards
line their futures.
Stanzas 1-3 are 3 lines
long; stanza 4= 5 lines,
and a line.
Repetition `you were', `to me', Repetition of `you were' creates a sense of longing for her mother to return as it creates the sense of the speaker realising what an important part of her
First three stanzas end `replenishing' life her mother had. It also clearly shows that the speaker is reflecting on the past at her childhood and the influence of her mother. Repetition of `to me'
with triplets `deep and bold and suggests a close mother daughter relationship as the directness of the language makes it very personal and intimate. The use of `replenishing' being
Culture references fathoming'
repeated creates a sense of ongoing nourishment of food, knowledge and wisdom which are qualities needed for maturity, showing that her mother has
Enjambment `crabs leg', `the fried
Words with dual plantain smell' prepared her for the future.
meaning THROUGHOUT and `you The use of this triplet emphasizes the depth of the speaker's emotions towards her and courageousness towards life and a sense of ability to understand
Past tense said ` the feelings of a growing child.
Use of `f' `moon', `you said' By using these cultural references, the poet explores the tastes, smells and sights of the past that are associated with her mother and give her a sense of
Imperative `you were' security. This is created through the use of this stanza being longer than the others as it creates the impression of it being a very comfortable memory
`fishes' `flame', `fried' and security is associated with comfort.
The enjambment used throughout gives the impression that her mother's memory will live on and that the speaker has ongoing praise about her. The
enjambment at the end of the poem gives the impression of that there is infinite possibilities for her daughter's life and where it will lead which is
reinforced by the use of the phrase `wide futures' showing that life has a lot to offer and suggesting she should make the most of it. Also the enjambment
at the end of the poem gives the sense of sending the poem into the future so that her wish for her daughter to make the most of the future comes true.
When comparing the moon to her mother and describing the `pull' of gravity between them, we are given the impression of a close bond between them.
However the orbit could show her mother watching over her daughter all the time, attentively, as the moon is in constant orbit of the Earth. `You said'
has many meanings created by the use of enjambment. The lack of punctuation at the end could mean that there are infinite possibilities for her
children's futures or she is sending the poem into the future, creating the sense of looking forward and sending her wishes for her children to come true.
It could also show her mother letting go off them, letting them run freely towards their future, like the line does.
The past tense in the poem gives the reader the impression her mother is dead and she is expressing her feelings for her as a goodbye.
The alliteration of the `f' sound in the 4th stanza which introduces the idea of fullness to build up towards the `replenishing. Replenishing'.
The use of the imperative shows the mother telling her children to be fearless which shows her mother in a new light as we are given the impression that
she was nurturing and loving as a mother and given everything into raising her kids however we see her strength by insisting they embrace their own
futures and leave her behind, physically. Because of the imagery in the poem which shows how she will always care for her, for example, by comparing
the mother to the moon as it will always orbit the earth, we are given the impression that she will still be there with them in spirit, watching over them
as she cannot be with them physically.
Metaphors of water, `moon's eye', `water to The moon is a symbol of womanhood. When combined with the description of `pull', it creates the sense of gravity between the earth and moon,
moon, sun and food me', `sunrise to me', symbolizing the bond between the mother and daughter. Also, because the moon orbits the earth and her mother is described as the moon, it creates the
(necessities, `fishes red gill', `crabs impression of the mother watching attentively over her child always and forever. The description of `grained' creates imagery of the moon's craters which
elemental) leg/ plantains smell'
reflects the texture of the mature skin of her mother. `Mantling' conjures up ideas of protection and security, a comforting light through the night's
Her mother is compared to water to show how she cannot live without her as she is a necessity like water.
The sunrise is a symbol of life and energy, which her mother gave to her. The sunrise is also reliable, much like her mother.
This creates the idea of that she needs her mother to breathe, that she cannot live without her.

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The poet also uses imagery to create the flavours and tastes of her culture which make her feel comforted and secure as they remind her of home when she
was younger with her mother .
Regular rhythm in `futures, you said' Rhythm is important in praise songs but not rhyme.…read more


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