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In Memory Of My Mother Analysis

Author: poem of Patrick Kavanagh Type: poem Views: 26

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I do not think of you lying in the wet clay

Of a Monaghan graveyard; I see

You walking down a lane among the poplars

On your way to the station, or happily

Going to second Mass on a summer Sunday--

You meet me and you say:

'Don't forget to see about the cattle--'

Among your earthiest words the angels stray.

And I think of you walking along a headland

Of green oats in June,

So full of repose, so rich with life--

And I see us meeting at the end of a town

On a fair day by accident, after

The bargains are all made and we can walk

Together through the shops and stalls and markets

Free in the oriental streets of thought.

O you are not lying in the wet clay,

For it is harvest evening now and we

Are piling up the ricks against the moonlight

And you smile up at us -- eternally.

Submitted by Andrew Mayers


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'I do not think of you lying': shows no sense of grieving, almost like he does not want to think of her as being dead
'Walking/ on your way/ going': verbs of action juxtaposes 'lying'
'Don't forget to see about the cattle': conversational
Structure: dramatic monologue inspired by her death in 1945
He remembers the good things
It starts off with realism and then transitions into creative metaphors
In her person the conflicting aesthetic positives of 'repose' and energy are re concluded as in her words the contrary categories of realism and transcendentalism merge.

| Posted on 2015-03-10 | by a guest

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Techniques in the Poem
-I see us meeting at the end of a town
-Going to mass on a summer x Sunday
-Shops and Stalls
Sunday, Stray, Say
Death, Memories, Family
Happy + Sad
Conversational Talks:
\"Don\'t forget to see about the cattle.\"

| Posted on 2013-05-13 | by a guest

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TONE: conversational, happy, relaxed - enjambement enforces this
LANGUAGE: warm and friendly, he is speaking to his mother and praising her warmth and life
CONTEXT: written shortly after his mother\'s death
STRUCTURE: five short stanzas each four lines long, the constant enjmabement from line to line and stanza to stanza keeps the conversational flow of the poem

| Posted on 2012-03-25 | by a guest

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SHORT THEME: patrick kavanagh is remembering his mother as she was when she was alive.the picture he paints of her is a tender and loving portrait full of variety and strength.she is and always will be a living presance in his life.

| Posted on 2010-05-26 | by a guest

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If anyone is reading this i need to write a report on this poem and i am just looking for some tips!
- Thanks!

| Posted on 2010-05-08 | by a guest

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