Mother Songs: Poems for, by and about Mothersby Sandra M. Gilbert (Editor), Susan Gubar (Editor), Diana O'Hehir (Editor)
The editors have included traditional ballads about maternity and courtly elegies for or by mothers as well as landmark nineteenth-century tributes
A unique collection of verse about maternity and the celebration of motherhood, MotherSongs brings together for the first time a range of classic and contemporary poems from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.
The editors have included traditional ballads about maternity and courtly elegies for or by mothers as well as landmark nineteenth-century tributes to mothers and early twentieth-century meditations on motherhood.MotherSongs opens with poems about pregnancy, labor, delivery, and nursing and moves to poems about women raising children, delighting in their growth, or mourning their loss. The volume then turns to poems by sons and daughters who "remember mama."
Mythic mothers and mother goddesses, moral or political reflections on maternity, and philosophical analyses of the meaning of motherhood are also represented. Taken together, the works collected here bear witness to the powerful ways in which motherhood has been transformed into art and artistry has been shaped by maternity.
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Meet the Author
Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous volumes of criticismas well as collections of poetry and a memoir. She is coeditor (with Susan Gubar) of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. A Distinguished Professor of English emerita at the University of California, Davis, she lives in Berkeley, California.
Susan Gubar received the Natalie Davis Spingarn Writers Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and, with Sandra M. Gilbert, was awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle. She is the Distinguished Emeritus Professor of English at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington.
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I've been a big fan of this book since my freshman year of high school..the anthology includes both well known poets (Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, William Wordsworth, William Blake, etc) and not so well known poets. The poems are arranged in categories in the chronologial order of life..and the words are true, full of emotion and full of life! Each poem rises from the pages with a voice of it's own!