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The Lost Baby Poem In Lucille Cliftons The Lost Baby Poem the poet displays a young mother who is full of regret and guilt for her child in which she had lost to death There are many technical devices that express the poets intentions and how it all fits together within this poem First I will be discussing what this poem is trying to convey also the denotations and connotations within this poem Secondly the poet uses imagery so intensely that one can almost feel the coldness of the winter chill Lastly I will discuss how figurative language plays a major role in the young ladys guilt First of all I noticed that this poem had been written all in lower case letters except for Genesee Hill and Canada which were names of the place that they had lived The poet had even written herself as i in lower case in which it symbolizing a great shame upon herself Then I had broken this poem into three groups in which they have already been divided I believe the first group represents the process in which the baby in being aborted The time I dropped you almost body down down to meet the waters under the city and run one with the sewage to the sea what did i know about waters rushing back what did i know about drowning or being drowned 1-6 I believe that in the poets mind are constant repeating visual images of her baby being drowned That is why there is repetition with down and drowning Thats why she is repeating herself what did i know as a sign of forgiveness The second group represents the excuses that the poet makes for her baby not being born as if it was a benefit for the unborn baby For example You would have been born into winter the year of the disconnected gas and no car 7-9 represents how poor
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