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Discuss the structure of Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "The Mother."

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Thanks for the clarification!

What I mean here when I talk about structuralism is an approach that looks at a large number of stories (or other short pieces) and seeks to identify the overarching pattern (the super-structure, if you will) that can help us make sense of each individual story. Examples of this method include the "morphology of the folk tale" study of Vladimir Propp and the myth studies of Claude-Levi Strauss.

A structuralist approach to the poem, then, would probably have to connect this poem to a set of other writings in order to identify a pattern across the writings. These writings might all be about life and death, about motherhood and birth, or any other range of topics.

Structuralism (as I understand it) does not stop at examining patterns in just one work. Formalism or New Criticism are often those sorts of approaches.

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lola21 | Student

You are welcome.

I'm absolutely with you in what u said about structuralism but i just wanna know how could this poem be analysed from a structuralist point of view and i really hope u can give me this structuralist analysis for this poem cuz i couldn't find anything on it via searching Google.

lola21 | Student

Thank you so much for replying my question.

Actually what i meant, is what is the relationship between structuralism and this poem?? or in other words, what is the analysis of the poem according to Structuralism??