Praise Song For My Mother, by Grace Nichols.
You were water to me deep and bold and feminine. Your means it a hole and grind and monthly you will send lies to me nice and warm and swimming. You officials read gives me the flame to spread to me the crab’s leg for fried plantain smell replenishing Banshee.
Go to your wild futures you said.
So this film explores the relationship between a mother and daughter expressing how much the elements there’s also the pose form as a praise song.
And this was a great African tradition in short statements to capture the essence of the thing that was being praised, whether it be a gourd, plant, animal or town.
So instantly notice that you were in the past tense, this has been directly addressed to her mother, indicating that the mother is dead or out of her life. In some way.
Praise Song For My Mother
Water is the last source compared a mother to something essential for life, which she does later on in the stanzas as well as a deep and bold and feminine.
These are three adjectives separated, and the repetition of and emphasizes the importance of each day rather than saying deep, bold, babbling, so deep and bold and feminine.
And they’re quite complex adjectives and they’re not the things that you would instantly think of.
So the essence of the mother was hard to express.
Father name is a particularly interesting adjective because it can have so many different meanings.
So fathering can mean trying to understand something, or it can mean a measure of depth.
It can also mean to embrace and encircle, and the Anglo Saxon, or it can be the unit of length from an adult man’s arm span with his arms outstretched.
And that’s really where the measure of depth came from, as well.
So it’s a very interesting adjective to use to describe her mother because it could be interpreted in so many different ways.
The enough for and after is that repeats, repetition. But the start of phrases so the enough for of you emphasized the marks.
Paul suggested the mother draws her daughter towards her, the natural energy suggested suggests a gentle relationship.
So the moon pours the tides and that’s a very kind of soothing, cleansing relationship. And I think that’s what she’s trying to suggest about her mother.
Grave if you think about the image of a grain is the source of life, and monthly makes it on the line, suggesting covered and protected.
So she sees her mother in a really lovely way, and clearly is very, very fond of another.
Sunrise, like the water, is a life force, the sunrise symbolizing continuous hope, and rise and warm and streaming, are suggesting that the mother without lifting.
She’s nurturing, and she’s constant streaming reminds us of the water and the life force in the first stanza as well.
And the next stanza, you get this sense of culture coming through.
So the imagery of red could be symbolic of life, and love. And that’s true in flame as well.
You’re describing elements of our Caribbean culture and how Caribbean heritage which will come from my mother as well, by just by talking about the foods.
The crab’s leg and the planting the mother is a nourishing presents.
This is true of replenishing, replenishing the repetition of a cleansing replenishing suggest that it’s a continual process as well. But this is still happening. It’s constant.
The last lines are interesting for the sense of ambiguity.
But it’s interesting that the mother has the final saying, and with the words you said, Robin, you were so this is kind of the lasting advice that she gives her daughter goes your wife features.
He said, the suggestion of life after another that another kind of blesses the facts and knows that she’s going to be around for a short amount of time the daughter and wants to do is like to be rich and fulfilled.
So goes and imperative she takes orders from her mother and father wants the best for her as well.
Wide feature, suggest the endless possibility, especially with the SME and make your futures and she wants her daughter to be happy. And this is kind of the end line of the poem The lasting message.