What is the theme of the poem “Of Mothers Among Other Things”?
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The poem Of Mothers, Among Other Things is about motherhood. From the very beginning, the poet seems to be talking about his mother. In the poem, the poet describes how his mother struggled a lot for the sake of their children.
The poet describes the three phases of his mother’s life – her youth, her middle and and her old age. In each phase of her life, she had to face hardships. In the first part, the phrase “I see my mother run back from rain” shows her sacrifices for her children.
In the second part, the poet tells that she was crippled in the garden by mouse trap, again a part of her struggled life. In the final part, we see how she kept working even when she has no energy.
So the whole poem is about motherhood. Through this poem, the poet tells us that we should not consider mother as an ordinary commodity. The poet seems to be regretting in the final part and so does every person who has talked harshly to his mother in the past.
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