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the mother

the mother


by Gwendolyn Brooks

the mother Language and Communication Quotes

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Quote #4

Since anyhow you are dead.
Or rather, or instead,
You were never made.
But that too, I am afraid,
Is faulty: oh, what shall I say, how is the truth to be said?
You were born, you had body, you died.
It is just that you never giggled or planned or cried. (24-30)

In these lines, the speaker is once again trying to sort through her language, and figure out the best way to express both her feelings and experiences. But it ain't easy to put language to a being that never was. Even at the end of the poem, it seems that the mother is still struggling to put language to her experience.

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