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The Song Of The Old Mother Analysis



Author: poem of William Butler Yeats Type: poem Views: 40

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I rise in the dawn, and I kneel and blow

Till the seed of the fire flicker and glow;

And then I must scrub and bake and sweep

Till stars are beginning to blink and peep;

And the young lie long and dream in their bed

Of the matching of ribbons for bosom and head,

And their day goes over in idleness,

And they sigh if the wind but lift a tress:

While I must work because I am old,

And the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold.






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yes this poem is about a mother who finds herself hardworking and caring that her children do not care about doing chores and that they are not worried about what their going to eat or whos going to clean the house because they know its already being done for them. The mother is seeing herself as a slave to her kids complaing that none in the family puts her first. Also there seems to be jealousy of the mother towards her children because when she was a teenager she didnt think about love or beauty she had a hard tough life and now she looks at her kids and sees how diffrenet she was compared to them.

| Posted on 2016-05-22 | by a guest


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Its basically telling us about her experience of her children.

| Posted on 2015-01-20 | by a guest


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this poem is for the people who don't realize the true meaning of a mother.the one who does all the chores alone not for herself but for her loved ones.

| Posted on 2014-12-01 | by a guest


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This may poem tell about a woman,who wakes up in the morning,cook,bakes,sweep,nd do all the house duty in regard that she is old, and belieues that only the old ones re to cater 4 the house nd more.... At the end of the poem,the old woman is tells abt the younger ones who do not participates in some activities

| Posted on 2014-05-07 | by a guest


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This is a poem about a rather simple woman leading a rather simple life. Of course she is not happy about it - she complains herself about the way the young fuss over such insignificant matters. The monosyllabic, simple diction represent how simple and mundane her daily routine is. The 4 stressed syllables in each line show us how regular her lifestyle is and this is emphasised by all of the rhyming couplets. The title even gives us some information; \'Song\' signifies being repeatedly sung, just as her routine is done over and over.\'Seed of the fire gets feeble and cold\' is a metaphor of the woman herself, showing that she as well is at the end of her \'useful\' life to the younger generation; this is the reason she is made to do all of the chores.

| Posted on 2011-05-05 | by a guest


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this poem seems to be pointint out and making the younger generation reliase what they are doing and what there parents have to do, suggesting to them that they should help there parents as they are old and weak and they themselve are young and active.

| Posted on 2011-03-13 | by a guest


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The title of this poem indicates that this woman is a mother, or maybe people just call her a \"mother\" because she is carring.

| Posted on 2011-03-07 | by a guest


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the old women thinks she \"must\" do the work because she is \"old\" which shows that she\'s taking it hard upon herself and that it\'s her duty. she gets jealous of the young as there \"idleness\" is very common everyday whilst the old women is busy working. she is not lazy like the young but from other readers point of view the young might be like that because the old women doesn\'t let them clean and work.

| Posted on 2010-09-26 | by a guest


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It seems to me that this is a poem about growing old. The seeds of the fire are the life force. Life is effortless and carefree for the young while the aging person feels that life has become an effort to maintain. It is about life becoming work and responsibility as one ages while the passion and physical energy of youth grow feeble and cold.

| Posted on 2010-09-17 | by a guest


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he describe as an old mother complain of the idlenese of the young children and that they don't do enough work. the mother is angry and upset because she has to do lots of cleaning and sweeping, while rich people cares about their apperance. it also shows that children are lazy as it "goes over the idleness".

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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The poem is about a hard-working, poor old woman who compares herself to the young women of the house who spend their days dreaming of love and worrying about their appearance. It is not clear whether these young women are her own children or the children of people she works for as a maid. The poem is written in the ,first person, as if we are listening in to the woman's own thoughts.

| Posted on 2009-05-02 | by a guest


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In his brief and compact ten-line poem, 'Song of the Old Mother', Yeats takes on the persona of an elderly woman who contrasts her harsh, unrelenting daily routine with that of carefree young people.

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest


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If one wanted to obtain a good grade in the study of this poem, as an English Teacher, I would recommend looking to Yeats's background as an Irishman for inspiration - could it be the case that the whole poem is a metaphor for Yeats's inferiority complex towards the more industrialised United Kingdom? The Old Mother could represent the impoverished peasantry and the seed of the fire represents the old order in Ireland. Worth exploring!

| Posted on 2009-01-28 | by a guest


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This poem is about a mother/old maid describing her daily routine, however there is a deeper meaning in the word 'dawn' and the last sentence. This emphasises her life being so ritualistic and how old she is and close to death even as it is flickering away. The children are described through her eyes as that of being careless and carefree with only the troubles of ribbons for their hair. It also goes on to say, how because she is older than the girls she must be the one to do the work.

| Posted on 2008-12-09 | by a guest


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This poem is about an old women, who in detail describes her typical daily routine. her main concern is that young people don't do enough work, as " their day goes over in idlenes".

| Posted on 2008-11-03 | by a guest


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This poem is about an old mother who has to do chores such as; lighting the fire, baking and sweeping. she complains about the laziness of younge people.

| Posted on 2008-11-01 | by a guest


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This poem is about an old mother who has to do chores such as; lighting the fire, baking and sweeping. she complains about the laziness of younge people.

| Posted on 2008-11-01 | by a guest


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This poem is about a poor old mother who is complaning about the chores that she must do for her daughters who do nothing. She does things such as baking, sweeping and blowing.

| Posted on 2008-11-01 | by a guest


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this poem is about a mother who has to do the chores every day whilst her teenager lies in bed all day. The seed of the fire could represent her life so at the beginning of the poem she is happy but by the end of the chores she is angry and upset (the fire gets feeble and cold). This poem's purpose is to make yu feel sympathetic towards the mother.

| Posted on 2008-06-18 | by a guest


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this poem is about possibly a slightly bitter mother or maid who talks about the lazy rich children who don't help her at all and are very idle and the old woman saying she is too old and that the fire of her life is flickering

| Posted on 2008-04-05 | by a guest




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