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”This tender and elemental love poem to our first and most enduring love, that of the mother and child, is to all intents and purposes, a means for Carol Ann Duffy to reconstruct, even to re-invent a past beyond the first person, ‘I’ narrator. The poet conceives the poem as a response to looking back affectionately at another spirited ‘self’, by imaginatively animating a snapshot of her ‘carefree’ teenage mother pictured with her friends. The poem transports the reader ‘back’ to this re-conceived past, where the mother-daughter relationship and special time together, opens up also to the possibilities of friendship and to the potential for the very creation of the poet herself….”
Carol Ann Duffy’s Before You Were Mine: An Analysis by Moira Eribenne M.Ed.
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