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When The Birds Leave The Nest One of the most awesome and bittersweet joys in life is being a parent From the day of conception parents are responsible for the growth and development of their children The sweet part of being a parent is the strong emotional connection that one forms with his her child and the lasting impression that a parent has on a child The bitter part of being a parent however is coming to terms with a childs independence Though every child must someday branch out and find his or her own way the idea of letting go is one of the most difficult and painful matters that a parent can ever experience It is however inevitable Children begin life as innocent little creatures ready to be molded by their parents and other outside influences then they develop into complex individuals with their own minds desires and styles In his poem The Writer Richard Wilbur explores a parents reaction to the reality of hisher childs independence Naomi Long Madgett in her poem Offspring also exposes the veracity of a parent coming to terms with the idea that her daughter is no longer a child but an autonomous young woman Although both poems demonstrate the harsh realities of a childs coming-of-age Wilbur and Madgett present two different attitudes about a parents reluctance to step back and allow hisher child to leave their parental realm of safety The tone in Wilburs The Writer suggests that the speaker is reluctant to let go but proud of what his daughter has become However the speaker in Offspring appears to be incontent with her daughters choices and not so sure about whether or not her daughter will make the right decisions In his poem The Writer Richard Wilbur reveals a very close relationship between parent and child At the forefront of the poem Wilbur writes In her room at the prow of
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