A critical appreciation of 'to my mother' by George Baker.

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A critical appreciation of ‘to my mother’ by George Baker

This sonnet by George Baker is, as the title suggests, a tribute to his mother, evidently, at the time of the aerial bombardment of Britain by the Luftwaffe in the Blitz during the Second World War. The poet was then, apparently, living in a far distant part of the world, as he refers to his mother being ‘most far’. This was probably some time between 1942 and 1943 when Baker was living in the U.S.A and Canada.

The poet’s intension is not only to pay tribute to his mother but, more specifically, as the poem is addressed ‘to’ her, to send her his love and expression of his firm belief that she will ‘move’ from ‘mourning to morning’, in other words, that she will be lifted out of her present state of grief over a bereavement to the light, hope and life associated with ‘morning’ or a new day.

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The poet’s feelings of great admiration for and love of his mother are evident throughout the poem. The opening line with its succession of superlatives, ‘most near’, ‘most dear’ and ‘most loved’, and straight way attests strongly to these feelings. His exuberant exclamation near the end of the poem, ‘and so I send O all my faith and all my love to her...’confirms the strength of these feelings. The warm, humorous, delightfully frank way Baker describes his ‘irresistible’ mother in the intervening lines also convinces us of his strong attachment to her. These feelings are moreover, reinforced by the ...

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This is a very strong essay with some excellent analysis of language and writer's purpose. There is good support used from the text and a breadth of points are covered. Further exploration of structure is recommended, particularly when looking at a piece of poetry. Always ensure careful planning before writing an essay, including full consideration of a suitable question and how the analysis will relate to the question.