3 poems in memory of my mother- Les Murray
- Poems about his memories of his mother and her death
The subject and the point of view:
- Les Murray's mother's death
- Her life and how she came to die
- Whether or not he was responsible for her death
- The first two poems are the introductions to the Murray family
- His mother's unfair treatment by the doctor's
- What he and his parents used to do together during his childhood
- Questioning "did you have more pressing cases" "how can you blame a baby? Or the longing for a baby?"
- Reflective "remember when…"
- Guilt "I have long been sorry"
- Sadness "Justice wholly in this world would bring them no rebirth nor restore your latter birthdays. How could that be justice?"
- Anger "justice is in people's otherworld"
- Small, country town. Very isolated and hot during the summer. A place where everyone knows everyone and crime is kept to a minimum. Eg- "37 miles to town"
- 3 separate poems
- Free verse
- 1st two poems- four stanzas each
- Last poem is 45 stanzas
- First person- "use of the word I"
- Simple but effective
- Easy to follow
- Alliteration- "childish cool" "your hands are cold as charity" "nurse neighbors"
- Similes- "provisional as lives are" "cold as charity"
- Metaphors- " my zodiac got washed away" "my father himself became a baby"
- Les Murray's mother's death was tragic; at least that's what is portrayed in the poems. Les blames himself for his mother's death, because she died of childbirth and he himself was a hard delivery. The poems are in chronological order, from his birth, to his mother's death.