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Ordinary Life “Ordinary Life” by Barbara Crooker is a poem that creates a fantasy in which a mother lives an idealistic life free of concern for her children. Crooker intentionally tells an ironic story within her poem “when nothing happened,” (1). You don’t usually hear of a mother that goes through each casual day with pure tranquility. In reality, “a day of grace” (31) is hard to come by for a mother of multiple young children. Free time would be a luxury that cannot be afforded. “Ordinary Life” is a complete contrast to this notion. In this poem, the mother seems to have all the time for herself as she “sat in a circle of sunlight and drank ginger tea,” (9-10). Certain descriptions within the poem are exaggerated to clearly portray a perfect life, which furthermore supports the claim that Crooker probably believes a mother’s “Ordinary Life” in this scenario may be a disaster. An illusion is formed here in which a mother’s life is peaceful. Crooker uses a simile to portray this irony when she writes that “[the]

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