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In Judith Wrights lyric poem Woman to Child a mothers emotions regarding pregnancy and motherhood are successfully expressed Although pregnancy is often viewed as uncomfortable the author portrays it as a life-altering pleasant and continuous experience These feelings about the experience of motherhood are portrayed through the structure of the writing and the use of figurative language The poems four-stanza structure divides the experience into a sequence of four different stages and the use of figurative language helps to portray these stages in an artistic and poetic manner As a result of the clever use of these two elements the theme of maternal love Wrights use of a four-stanza structure traces the path of maternity from conception to the birth of the child The first stanza is obviously portraying the act of fertilization and this is made obvious in the line where out of the darkness rose the seed 2 The speaker is saying that she has made life and the reader can sense that she takes great pride in her ability The speaker obviously sees her sexuality as a gift and believes her ability to give birth is extraordinary These feelings are figuratively expressed through the line Then all a world I made in me 3 The woman sees her unborn child as her world as newly pregnant woman often do This line could also mean that by creating life she is giving her child the world The idea that to give life is to give the world is further expressed when she says all the world you hear and see hung upon my dreaming blood 4-5 The next stanza describes the beginning of pregnancy when the mother and child are in the first stages of their eternal relationship The speaker feels a great sense of power in this new relationship and she compares her creation to Gods creation of the earth There moved the multitudinous stars and the
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