Analysis Of Poem — страница 3

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experience with her husband: ” yet you and I have known it well “. Her joy is shown in the beautiful images she uses to describe her child: ” the intricate and folded rose “. It is only in the final stanza that her joy and contentment turn to fear. She begins to imagine the intense pain of labour and she becomes frightened: ” the blaze of light along the blade / O hold me for I am afraid.” The conclusion of the poem is dramatically appropriate. The shift in tone from peaceful contentment to fear is only natural, as the Woman (the poet) moves from the state of pregnancy, which she has known for nine months, into the early stages of labour, which frightens her.