In Memory Of My Mother.

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In Memory Of  My Mother

By Patrick Kavanagh

As the title suggests, this poem is about someone who’s mother is deceased and he is reminiscing her.  It is obvious, yet important, to point out that the author is deeply involved with this poem, as the deceased mother seems to be his own.

In the first stanza it appears that the author cannot, and will not, accept his mother’s death.  I feel that he is describing his mother as being like poplar trees.  The phrase ‘I see you walking down a lane among the poplars’ makes me think that his mother had a tall, straight and slender figure, because that is what poplar trees are like.  Also, the words ‘walking’ and ‘on your way to the station’ indicate that she was active and not stuck in one place all of the time.

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The first line of the second stanza creates a religious and happy atmosphere in the poem, compared to ‘wet clay’ and ‘Monaghan graveyard’ in verse one.  It creates this religious atmosphere by the use of the words ‘Mass’ and ‘Sunday’.  Also, it creates a happy mood with the word ‘summer’, which I believe to be the happiest time of year.  The third line in this stanza make me think that the author’s mother was bossy and fussy, yet practical, when she reminds him to see about the cattle.  Again this verse tells me that the author is in denial ...

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This concluding paragraph is not suitable for an analytical essay as it is irrelevant and too personal.