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the mother

the mother

by Gwendolyn Brooks

the mother Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Does this poem take a political stance on abortion? Can you categorize is as for or against abortion rights? Why or why not?
  2. Is "the mother" of the poem really a mother? How can you tell?
  3. What are the effects of the poem's changing mode of address? 
  4. What does the poem say about the limits of language? 
  5. Do you think that the speaker regrets having had an abortion? Why or why not?
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