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The Courage That My Mother Had

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Glacelys De La Hoz

on 16 May 2011

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Transcript of The Courage That My Mother Had

The Courage That My Mother Had Edna St. Vincent Millay Stanza 1:
In this first stanza, Edna St. Vincent Millay is remembering the courage that her mother used to have and wants to have that same courage. Her mom was a “rock” or was a very strong person and Edna feels like sometimes she needs that strength. with not even her principal on her side, grade school was tough yet she clearly let it out in high school when she began to write. Renascence, The Courage That My Mother Had, and The Ballad of the Harp Weaver are just some of many writing pieces she wrote in her time. Eventually she married a forty-three year old widower named Eugen Boissevain. They were happily married until he died on August, 1949 of lung cancer. She later fell into a deep depression that depended on alcohol. On October 19, 1950, they found her dead on the steps of her staircase. The cause of her death was heart failure. Let's read the poem... On page 608 or on the graphic organizer. Stanza By Stanza Stanza 2:
In this second stanza, she talks about how she really does treasure all the other things her mother did for her but all she really wants is to have is the strength that her mother had. Stanza 3:
In this last stanza, she shows her plea and her desire to be able to be like her mother but she knows that that can’t happen. Now that her mother is gone, she’ll never know how to unleash that strength that is deep down inside of her. Meaning Edna had a desire to have her mother’s strength because she was going through a confusing stage in her life and she wanted to know how to acquire that courage “like a rock”. I can honestly say that this poem can apply to many situations. For example, if someone is having financial issues or family problems, this poem applies to them. Themes Desire


Courage Sound Devices Rhyme Scheme: abcbdedefgfh Literary Devices Simile
That courage like a rock.

Rock from New England quarried
Now granite in a granite hill

I have no thing I treasure more: Yet, it is something I could spare.

Rock from New England quarried Thank You Sight:
Now granite it a granite hill
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