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It speaks on the love of parents for their children, how forgiving and how great the love of a mother is for her son/daughter although he/she has hurt her very much.
Ballad of a Mother's Heart
The night was dark, For the moon was young, And the Stars were asleep and rare, The clouds were thick, Yet Youth went out, To see his Maiden fair. Dear one, he pleaded as he knelt before her feet in tears. My love is true, Why you have kept me waiting all this years? The maiden looked at him. Unmoved it seemed, And whispered low. Persistent Youth, You have to prove by deeds, Your love is true. "There's not a thing I would not do for you, Beloved" said he. "Then, go." said she. "To your mother dear, And bring her heart to me. Without another word, Youth left and went to his mother dear. He opened her breast and took her heart! But he did not shed a tear. Then back to his Maiden fair, He run unmindful of the rain. But his feet slipped, And he fell down, And loud, he groaned with pain! Still in his hand he held the prize, That would win his Maiden's hands. But he thought of his mother dear, So kind,so sweet,so fond. And then, he heard a voice! Not from his lips, But all apart! "Get up" it said. "Were you hurt,Child?" It was his mother's heart
The night was dark. and. . Unmindful of the rain. not from His lips but all apart: 'Get up. so fond. It seemed. The clouds were thick. Child?' It was his mother's heart. 'were you hurt. 'Then go. for the moon was young And the stars were asleep and rare. Beloved.' said he. as is true inthe Orient. And then he heard a voice. you have to prove By deeds your love is true. in tears. The poem which followsrelates how forgiving and how great the love of a mother is for her son although he hashurt her very much. 'Dear One.' it said.' he pleaded as he knelt Before her feet.Ballad of a Mother's Heart The love of parents for their children is a strong trait among Filipinos. He did not shed a tear! Then back to his Maiden fair he ran. Youth left And went to his mother dear. Still in his hand he held the prize That would win his Maiden's hand. Bus his feet slipped and down he fell And load he groaned with pain. and whispered low: 'Persistent Youth. yet Youth went out To see his Maiden fair. generally the son is particularly dear to his mother.' Without another word. And he thought of his mother dear So kind.' said she. And opened her breast and took her heart. 'My love is true. why have you kept Me waiting all these years?' The maiden looked at him unmoved. 'to your mother dears And bring her heart to me. so sweet.' 'There's not a thing I would not do For you.
This is immediately complicated though by the addition of a question which — although childlike in its simplicity — one would expect. to come from an adult. Notice how this line establishes a particular tone with its use of carefully chosen language. is someone’s son or daughter. a decent amount of compelling information in the poem that might serve to draw a reader in. In this case there is the contrast of the serious. This seriousness is increased as well by the repetition of the word “mother” which gives the line a sense of pleading. pleading question about happiness with the implied idea of a child. This first line is an excellent example of how contrasting ideas or implications can be used to offer complexity in a poem and not necessarily confusion. as one moves through the poem and finds it to be about a woman who has lost her lover to war. Her lover has been taken off to war. one might find the idea of childhood bringing in the feeling of vulnerability.” begins with an address to the speaker’s mother. and not simply asking. The lover . the subject of childhood could be seen to strengthen the poem is several ways. Line 2 With this second line the vagueness of the situation is removed as the speaker offers specific information about the situation. because of its seriousness. or. at the very least. There is. the address to a parent offers the idea that the speaker is might be a child. Second. it is difficult with so general an opening line to discern much about who the speaker might be. however. First. For instance. it heightens the sense of loss in death by subtly offering its opposite: youth or childhood. Though this seems contradictory.Poem Summary Line 1 “The Sonnet-Ballad. Given that in this particular case the title of the poem gives us very little specific information about the poem’s subject. which the speaker clearly feels later in the poem.
Notice how the end rhymes (ABAB) fit together here and solidify this as a section of the formal structure. in lines three and four.” or “go to” war. these lines are the ending of the first of the three. however slight.” This change. She is left “lamenting. Line 5 . but also offers the heart as a simple. could be seen to add human detail to our still general image of the lover. ending with the word “for” completes the rhyme with line 2’s “war. Regarding its subject.” which of course rhymes with line l’s “happiness.” and line 4. Also. With her choice of referring to the heart as a “heart-cup” she not only accentuates the possibility of the heart being “empty” by making it easier for a reader to picture. not small and weak. Line 3 ends with “guess. and yet he could not stop them from taking him.did not “leave for. fourline sections of the sonnet. and more importantly. but also implies the idea of strength. but he was “taken” by an anonymous “They. Brooks goes further to invent a word combination that sharpens the effect even more. the poem now shifts focus from the departed lover to the one left behind. While this is a powerful question for the speaker to ask.” This adds a sense of tragedy to the poem as it implies that the lovers had no real control in the matter.” This rhyme scheme will now begin again with line 5. Lines 3-4 Here. and it expresses a good amount of longing and distress. This again could be seen to add force to the already tragic experience of his being taken by establishing that he was strong.” but also wondering what good her heart might be if left empty. The noun provides a reader with something to begin picturing. As to form. clear object that one might use every day. the poem becomes more involved regarding both form and content. but the “lover’s tallness. it is not just the lover that departs. might not be able to use from this point forward.
Stated twice though it makes stronger this idea that the lover who has gone to war is not in control of his own destiny.” Such a simple. In other words. both reason enough for the repetition. This establishes the possibility of a certain honor or code that the man might have regarding his action. but it offers the idea that the parting is somehow permanent. The poem then carries on in an attempt to explain or justify this lack of hope. it is possible that stated once it might not be more than a passive reference to a future action in the story. But it might also be seen as another form of pleading that Brooks uses in the first and last lines of the poem. But it is worthy of notice to see what Brooks has done by choosing several words in particular. With this one word. which completes the second of the three. He has to be untrue. The phrase itself is powerful and sounds strong. or in the terms of the . Lines 6-8 Here begins what could be seen as the explanation of why it is the speaker of the poem is so sure her lover will not return from the war. First. this simple line could be seen to erase any of the expected hope in such a situation. ordinary verb. even in a situation where he is being taken there could be seen to imply a certain resignation on his part to do his duty. The repetition also emphasizes this potentially neglected word “have. “untrue. four-line sections. the choice of “grandly” as an adverb modifying the man’s walk in line 7. It is still left fairly vague in this section. That he would walk “grandly” off to war.This line is quite simple and direct. Second. Brooks’s choice at the end of line 8 to liken the man’s possible death to a kind of infidelity. Lines 9-10 Brooks decides to repeat the phrase that claims the potential death to be both an infidelity and a result of destiny.” Brooks introduces the compelling and unexpected simile of death being another woman to whom the speaker’s lover is drawn. which one might not necessarily think to be the case.
This beauty possibly not the traditional beauty one might think of.” The idea that there is something beautiful and possessive about death. there is the climax of the action and then the return to the question that began the poem. This whole phenomenon is still left a bit vague. Thus his being tempted is nothing but a deception. its confident. It is also an attempt to explain why her lover might not be able to resist. and increases the tragedy of such betrayal by claiming that She — death — in the end doesn’t even really have an interest in this particular man. it still has great power. Often people confront great odds out of sheer bravery and dedication.original situation. he has to die. as Brooks adds the parenthetical “of a sort” after it. The addition of the word “Coquettish” in line 10 then extends the simile of death as another woman. that would draw one to it. It is the “strange / possessive arms and beauty (of a sort)” that cause the man to give in. How exactly it might cause a man to be drawn to it is left to the reader. the poem’s final couplet. but the implication is that there is something about death. one might see this seduction as the lover’s attraction to pride or honor.” and long for it. But Brooks leaves it more mysterious than this with the use of this word “beauty. The speaker of the poem describes her . If one recalls the use of certain words earlier in the poem. beautiful nature that makes “a hard man hesitate. adds great weight and complexity to the poem as it approaches its end. Lines 11-12 In the next several lines this string of adjectives is extended in a continued effort to offer a unique and powerful image of how the speaker’s lover’s imminent death appears to her. Lines 13-14 In this. “grandly” for instance.
lover finally giving in to death by stating the “yes.” Again the ambiguity or lack of certainty is shown with the use of the word “stammer. This could be seen to affect the poem in several ways. it leaves the reader with a question that is as essential as it is unanswered. but also possibly lets the question echo in their own mind after the poem is finished. who in this case is meant to be death. it closes it up neatly and transforms the poem into almost a circle that could start again its song. the speaker imagines her “hard man” finally answering the call of the other woman. First. The poem then leaves the reader to think of the speaker of the poem asking such a question. regarding the formal elements of the poem. It could also be seen as nervousness or fear at the point of death. Nonetheless. Then there is the final act of closure when the poem repeats as part of its couplet the first line of the poem.” as this implies the hesitation. . Lastly. The last line also though reintroduces the vulnerable pleading — again possibly child-like given the address to the mother — and sadness of the lover being in such a state.
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