Mid-Term - 1 English 111 April 26, 09 Mid-Term- Poetry...

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1 English 111 April 26, 09 Mid-Term-- Poetry Angels in Real Life “A mother holds her children’s hands for a while, their hearts forever.” Nothing is more valuable than a mother’s love which is like a circle with no beginning and ending, and beyond law, time, distance and hardship. Sharon Olds’s poetry 35/10 can be compared to Audre Lourde’s poetry To My Daughter the Junkie on a Train , since their similarities and differences in terms of attitudes toward motherhood. A daughter is a mother’s trustful gender partner, the closest ally in the family, the extension of herself and the hope of her future. Mothers feel comforted as well as terrified while watching their children growing up, since their children’s changes are either comforts or nightmares. When mothers realize that their children are blooming, whereas they are getting older and older, they not only know the sorrow of oldness, but also experience the joy of a mother. In “35/10”, Olds describe her feeling as a mother, when she realizes that she is aging as her daughter is
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This note was uploaded on 08/14/2010 for the course E 111 taught by Professor Homerarrington during the Fall '09 term at Santa Barbara City.

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Mid-Term - 1 English 111 April 26, 09 Mid-Term- Poetry...

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