the mother Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Life, Consciousness, and Existence
Okay, nerds, get ready to ponder the nature of life and existence, because "the mother" sure is doing a lot of pondering. The speaker is a mother who has terminated her pregnancies, and she spends...
Language and Communication
Sure, "the mother" is a poem about abortion, but it's also about the language that we use to talk about abortion. Abortion is a controversial political topic, so it's no wonder that the language th...
Guilt and Blame
There's no doubt about it: the speaker of "the mother" feels a boatload of guilt about her abortions. She has elaborate fantasies about her children that never were, and she even refers to her abor...
As far as the United States is concerned, abortion pretty much equals politics. It's hard to even talk about abortion without talking about politics, because abortion has been a hot button issue fo...
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