What is the tone of Gwendolyn Brooks's poem "the mother"?

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The tone of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “the mother” is extremely complex. The tone of the opening line – “Abortions will not let you forget” – can be read as regretful and as offering a kind of warning or even (at first) as somewhat accusatory. The tone of line two is mainly paradoxical; the tone of line three is vivid and almost disturbingly graphic. In line four, the tone might be called literally imaginative, while in lines 5-6 the tone seems at first brutally honest and realistic and then affectionate and realistic.

In lines 7-10, as well as in many lines of this poem, the speaker expresses herself as a person who is fully familiar with all the small, subtle realities of parenting – a fact that makes her attitudes toward her abortions even...

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