Blog 5: Mary Gilmore

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For this week’s blog I couldn’t think of anyone else to write about other than Mary Gilmore. Her poem Eve-Song stayed in my mind after learning about it last Friday. Personally, I love when a poem has an AABBCC rhyme scheme, it just flows so nicely and makes it so much more enjoyable. I also think the poem is good length in terms of telling a sound story, if it were shorter I don’t believe Gilmore would have got the same power that is present in this poem.

Now onto the content…my initial read of this poem immediately noticed the vile attitude she has towards men, and I know some readers would automatically jump to saying “Oh another feminist poem” however it is so important to look at why she had this attitude. In a patriarchal society where women were known for their housewife duties, it is no wonder so many women were fed up. It is sad to see that the talent so many of them had like Gilmore were forced to stay in the house and not pursue it. Poems like this one explore the suffering and frustration they felt and the almost oblivious nature men had towards all this.

One of my favourite aspects of the poem is how she implies a husband has cheated on his wife, a common act of adultery that was yet another thing a wife would be voiceless about. She addresses this in stanza 3, “He says he was true…” She later goes on to acknowledge that despite all these disrespectful things the man has done to wives across history, as wives “we held our arms, and gave him our breast.. for his head to rest.” This just shows just how much women lacked any sort of power, voice and stance over their husband’s actions, how they were treated and their overall place in society. It is a shock to see that women across the globe experienced this and some still do. It truly highlights just how lucky we are here in Australia. It is poems such as this that made trends like this known in society and gave women a voice to finally stand up against such disrespectful acts. Overall I have to say this week’s content has been one that has intrigued me most.

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8 Responses to Blog 5: Mary Gilmore

  1. Hi Sarah !
    Enjoyed reading your blog this week, much like myself you seem intrigued by her writings ! I much liked the part where you wrote “just another feminist poet”. You delved beyond the mainstream thoughts of most individuals. In opinion you successfully achieved your point. Your examples and depthful analysis of her poem highlights your understanding, but more importantly your sense of connection with her piece. Most readers lack that, and for this I applaud you.
    Great read, looking forward to more.
    Keep up the good work

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  2. Hi Sarah !
    Enjoyed reading your blog this week, much like myself you seem intrigued by her writings! I couldn’t agree more when you note that Gilmores work has a last effect. From your I much liked the part where you wrote “oh another feminist poet”. You put your point across and supported it by delvinh beyond the mainstream thoughts of most individuals. In opinion you successfully achieved your point. Your examples and depthful analysis of her poem highlights your understanding, but more importantly your sense of connection with her piece. Most readers lack that, and for this I applaud you.
    Great read, looking forward to more.
    Keep up the good work

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  4. Hi Sarah ! Enjoyed reading your blog this week, much like myself you seem intrigued by her writings! I couldn’t agree more when you note that Gilmores work has a lasting effect. From your I much liked the part where you wrote “oh another feminist poet”. You put your point across and supported it by delving beyond the mainstream thoughts of most individuals. In opinion you successfully achieved your point. Your examples and depthful analysis of her poem highlights your understanding, but more importantly your sense of connection with her piece. Most readers lack that, and for this I applaud you.

    Great read, looking forward to more.

    Keep up the good work

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  5. nprudnicki97 says:

    Hi Sarah!

    I enjoyed reading your blog post this week and the ideas you discussed were similar to what I talked about in my blog. Although I didn’t speak about Mary Gilmore, but rather Ada Cambridge, I feel the message they both were trying to get across was somewhat similar. I liked how you made a statement and then linked it with a line in the poem, it gave your ideas more of an affect. It also enhanced the meaning of your own personal ideas.
    I also enjoy rhyming poems and I get what you mean when you said “it just flows so nicely”. Rhyming poetry is so much easier to read and makes the reading itself kind of fun. It is great that you enjoyed the content and hopefully the following weeks are even more intriguing.

    Keep up the interesting blogs 🙂

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  8. vkotsoris says:

    Hi Sarah,

    WOW, what a blog entry! I was particularly fond of how you highlighted how the women portrayed in Mary Gilmore’s “Eve Song” were from a time where they were voiceless, and further explored the suffering that women endured under a very patriarchal society. However, as you mentioned, now in more ways than one things have changed and women do indeed have more of a voice and more power now. My blog post of this week focused on Mary Gilmore’s “The Measure” so it was good to read a post from another one of works. It really helps me to bring into focus some of the issues that Gilmore valued as an author.

    Keep up the good work! I can’t wait to read more of your posts!:)

    https://sarahazzopardi1.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/blog-5-mary-gilmore/

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