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The Woman Who Speak To The Man Who Employed Her Son

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Transcript of The Woman Who Speak To The Man Who Employed Her Son

Lorna Goodison is a Jamaican Poet and leading West Indian writer of the generation born after World War II, currently dividing her time between Jamaica and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches at the University of Michigan.
On 6 August 2013, she was awarded the Jamaican national honour the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commanded (CD), "for outstanding achievements in Literature and Poetry".
The Poet - Lorna Goodison
Literary Devices
Mood, Tone and Themes
Mood
The mood of the poem is reflective. The persona is thinking about a mother's response to her son's life choices.

Tone
The tone of the poem is pessimistic. The persona is telling the tale as it is, with no positive energy.

Themes
The themes in the poem are death, love, survival, dreams and childhood experiences.


Analysis of Poem

The persona in this poem is telling the story of a mother who loved her son. She placed all her hopes in the child and raised him as a single parent because his father was in different to the child's existence.

The mother had set no barriers on what the child could become, but is told that he has an employer who values him so much that he is given his own submachine gun. The son tells his mother that his employer is like a father to him, but the mother i worried as the employer seems to be purposefully endangering her son.

She prepares for her son's death by going down town to buy funeral apparel. The mother feels powerless, so she prays for her child and says protective psalms for him.

On the other hand, she reads psalms of retribution for the employer and weeps for her son.
By Lorna Goodison
The Woman Who Speak To The Man Who Employed Her Son
Simile
Lines 1-2: The persona emphasizes that the mother placed all her hopes in her son. When you are poor,generally, you have no prospects, you only dream and hope. Therefore, the persona uses this metaphor to emphasize the mother's dependence on her son's success.
Line 17: The employer is being compared to a father figure. This implies that this person fills a gap in the son's life.

Sarcasm
The persona appears to praise the child's father by referring to him as 'fair-minded'. She is,however, chastising him for not only ignoring his son, but all of his other children

Irony
The son innocently tells his mother that his employer values him so much that he gave him awhole submachine gun for himself. The irony in this situation is that if you really care aboutsomeone, you do NOT give them a gun due to the negative results that are bound to occur.
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