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At first glance the poem To my Mother by George Barker is about his mothers strong and character and the type of woman she was and sadly how she would handle things if he was killed at war The tone of this poem is somber and respectful This leads me to believe the author had a deep respect for his mother and the way she lived her life In the first stanza the authors says Most near most dear most loved most far under the window where I most often found her sitting as huge as Asia seismic with laughterThis line bluntly states the authors love and admiration for his mother and the person that she is and in a way pays homage to that Gin and chicken helpless in her Irish hand Irresistible as Rabelais but most tender for the lame dogs and hurt birds that surround her This line exemplifies his mother faults and qualities and sees her as human unlike the way in which we sometimes view our own mothers- as superwomen who cant error This means the author accepts his mothers virtues along with her frailties She is a procession no one can follow after but be like a little dog following a brass bang In this line the author taps in to uniqueness of his mother and somehow realizes there is no other like her and any attempt to replace her would be weak This line leaves me feeling a sense of revere toward his mother as if she is someone whom others look to in her for a sense of belonging She will not glance up at the bomber or condescend to drop her gin and scuttle to a cellar but lean on the mahogany table like a mountain only faith can move This line means she doesnt scare easily because most people wouldnt even think twice about running for cover during a bombing
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