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English Commentary on 'Mother of the Groom'.

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Ian Clubb Year 13 English Commentary on 'Mother of the Groom' 'Mother of the Groom' is a poem about the feelings, thoughts and memories that the groom's mother feels on her son's wedding day. The mother thinks back to the days when her son was a baby. The poem is written by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney uses a third person technique to describe the thoughts that the mother is going through. The voice is taken on by Heaney as he explains the thoughts and memories that the mother has. This poem is addressed to the reader, the thoughts and memories are taken from the mother. ...read more.


Heaney uses this irony to describe the how it was hard to take off the rings when she had to give her son his bath, but she hopes that their love is forever so the ring that is on her son's and daughter in-law's hand stays on forever like their love. The tone in 'Mother of the Groom' is very mixed. There is happiness in her memories when she connected with her child. Yet there is also sadness and fear of loosing her child to another woman. These memories may be fond but during this part of her life they seem to haunt her. As a mother she feels that the moments where she could connect with her son are gone. ...read more.


The mother feels that there is something missing a gap or emptiness on her lap. Heaney uses the word 'voided' to illustrate the emptiness that the mother feels. 'Voided' is a word that catches the reader's eye which makes them also see how much her precious son means to her. To Conclude, Heaney chosen a theme that is very touching for a mother and a moment which is very symbolic in a person's life. He has brought out the mixed emotions that a mother will feel on the day that her son gets married to another woman. Recalling the memories from the past is also very important in this poem because it enhances sadness and the things that have connected them in such and close way. These feeling are described by the best possible selection of words which makes this poem so outstanding. ...read more.

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