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The Maid-Servant At The Inn Analysis

Author: poem of Dorothy Parker Type: poem Views: 8

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"It's queer," she said; "I see the light

  As plain as I beheld it then,

All silver-like and calm and bright-

  We've not had stars like that again!

"And she was such a gentle thing

  To birth a baby in the cold.

The barn was dark and frightening-

  This new one's better than the old.

"I mind my eyes were full of tears,

  For I was young, and quick distressed,

But she was less than me in years

  That held a son against her breast.

"I never saw a sweeter child-

  The little one, the darling one!-

I mind I told her, when he smiled

  You'd know he was his mother's son.

"It's queer that I should see them so-

  The time they came to Bethlehem

Was more than thirty years ago;

  I've prayed that all is well with them."


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The poem is an obvious reference to the night of the birth of baby Jesus.
The narrator focuses on the mother and baby in that instant. The bravery of the mother, the love she had for her baby, and the remarkable sweetness of the baby.
Parker's own mother died shortly after the poet was born. Parker was raised by her Jewish father and her hated Roman Catholic stepmother, educated in a Catholic private school until she was expelled for insisting that the Immaculate Conception was really spontaneous combustion.
Parker felt abandoned by her mother and because she never really got along with her stepmother, had no mother figure to relate to. She was never close with her father. Notice Joseph is not mentioned in the poem.
The narrator remembers from over 30 years ago, wondering if all is well with them. Jeus died around age 38.

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