MotherSongs: Poems for, by, and about Mothers
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MotherSongs: Poems for, by, and about Mothers

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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 mourni...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Sep 16, 2009 Stacy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I've been reading poems aloud to my baby while breastfeeding. Poetry about motherhood seemed appropriate. This book has some memorable poems. Possibly too memorable. Warning: do not read Jane Shore's poem Solomon's Sword, in which a mother tries to breastfeed her dead infant while you are actually breastfeeding your baby, unless you WANT nightmares.
Mary
I read tihs book during my pregnancy. One poem a day. It was a perfect fit.
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Sandra M. Gilbert is the author of numerous volumes of criticism and poetry, as well as a memoir. She is coeditor (with Susan Gubar) of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. A Distinguished Professor of English emerita at the University of California, Davis, she lives in Berkeley, California.
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