Analysis Of Woman To Man By Judith Wright

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In 1949, Judith Wright published the poem Woman to Man. It is a poem about pregnancy, the wonder of having a child, and a sequence of emotions that the mother feels towards the child. This poem was written during the post-World War 2 baby boom. Judith may have written this poem because it was very relatable then. Although written some 70 years ago, what makes this poem so relevant today is that it is not as relatable today. Fewer people are having children in the United States, and this poem will give them insight to what having a child entails. By utilizing the physical characteristics of the fetus, words choice, and metaphors throughout the poem, she is making the poem eternally relevant. All of these strategies play as a stepping-stone to convey the emotionally visceral aspects of having a child, and as a result will cause people to desire that same fulfilling feeling as well and have more children.

When we read this poem, we see many references to the physical characteristics of the unborn child. These references help to give the reader an idea of how far into the pregnancy the mother is. We see the time stamp as early as the first two lines. Judith starts off with “The eyeless laborer in the night, the selfless, shapeless seed I hold”(Wright 992). These first two lines reveal to us that she is talking about the early stages of pregnancy. When babies are in their early primary developmental stages, they do not have eyes, and they do not take much of a human shape. By

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