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Mother, Among The Dustbins Analysis



Author: Poetry of Stevie Smith Type: Poetry Views: 412

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Poetry An IntroductionMother, among the dustbins and the manure

I feel the measure of my humanity, an allure

As of the presence of God, I am sureIn the dustbins, in the manure, in the cat at play,

Is the presence of God, in a sure way

He moves there.Mother, what do you say?I too have felt the presence of God in the broom

I hold, in the cobwebs in the room,

But most of all in the silence of the tomb.Ah! but that thought that informs the hope of our kind

Is but an empty thing, what lies behind? --

Naught but the vanity of a protesting mindThat would not die.This is the thought that bounces

Within a conceited head and trounces

Inquiry.Man is most frivolous when he pronounces.Well Mother, I shall continue to think as I do,

And I think you would be wise to do so too,

Can you question the folly of man in the creation of God?Who are you?





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This is a sarcastic piece stating the whereabouts of the presence of God. It\'s extremely scathing and metaphorical, so the words at eye level have little literal meaning.
Many poets think deeply about the first and last line, and many mean for the two to be juxtaposed.
\"Mother, among the dustbins and manure\" \"Who are you?\"
The narrator asks her mother about where she stands (her morality, judgement, etc.) among the rest of humanity\'s filthy morals and actions.
\"but that thought that informs the hope of our kind
Is but an empty thing, what lies behind?\"
This statement furthers the questioning of how God really affects the nature of Man, and if His presence is substantial or not in determining the worth of a human being.

| Posted on 2012-12-05 | by a guest


.: God's Presence :.

I believe that this poem is about a mother who does not believe in God. Her son is trying to convince her that God is present everywhere, including the dustbins.

| Posted on 2008-03-08 | by a guest




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