Mother, any distance greater than a single span requires a second pair of hands you come to help me measure windows, pelmets, doors, the acres of the walls, the prairies of the floors you at the. Structure-varified sonnet, suggests son has strong feelings of love and attatchment-enjambment reflects unreeling of tape/makes lines appear longer,perhaps reflection of how long a mother/son relationship lasts/how distance between them is increasing. Any distance greater than a single span content: the distance between his outstretched hands - he needs two people to measure anything larger than this it is a small distance, which suggests is still importanr to him. The mother is only a shadowy figure in blake's poem, rather than the main character as in the song the father in little boy lost is seen as irresponsible: the boy is the victim mother, any.
A resource with a powerpoint presentation lesson for aqa literature duffy / armitage focusing on metaphors in simon armitage's poem mother any distance. Simon armitage: 'mother, any distance' mr bruff analysis mrbruff loading unsubscribe from mrbruff cancel unsubscribe working subscribe subscribed unsubscribe 165k. Mother, any distance there is a semantic field of measuring distances throughout 'mother, any distance' as the poem progresses the distances measured increases from being 'metres' or 'centimetres' to 'years.
Mother, any distance greater than a single span is a beautiful poem about a son growing up and away from his mother in the first stanza, the narrator addresses his mother mother, any distance. 'mother any distance' by simon the narrator's mother comes to his house to help him with measurements holding the tape while he walks away shows him moving away from her while she still holds on. Mothers are perhaps one of the most universal subjects of poetry, but one that is not very often read about one can ready poems about war, or love, about family and trauma, but poems specifically about mothers such as mother, any distance, seem to be a bit of a rare breed of writing. A single span is the distance between his outstretched hands - he needs two people to measure anything larger than this it is a small distance which suggests that his mothers support is still important to him.
Mother any distance andrea professor smccombs english 1301 15 october 2012 mothers it is no question that mothers are utterly important in every child's life as far as i could remember my mother has always been there for me. Mother, any distance has 3 stanzas, the first sketches the context of the mother helping the poet to measure up in his new home the second extends this idea to the metaphorical meaning of children moving away from their parents the third indicates the relationship as the child breaks away, reaching for independence, but still partly tugged. A reading of 'mother, any distance' by simon armitage, part of the aqa poetry anthology for gcse english. Whereas in mother any distance its simon armitage's mother realising she has to let her son grow up and leave her grasps the poem before you were mine by carol ann duffy , focuses on the fact that 10 years before she was born her mum was a carefree, fun loving character.
Mother, any distance greater than a single span requires a second pair of hands you come to help me measure windows, pelmets, doors, the acres of the walls, the prairies of the floors you at the zero-end, me with the spool of tape, recording length, reporting metres, centimetres back to base, then leaving up the stairs, the line still feeding. Mother any distance the share my lesson english language arts team has brought together a diverse range of free teaching resources for you to use in your classroom. Mother, any distance background on one level, this lovely poem tells the story of a young man, whose mother is helping him decorate a house (presumably where he is moving into on leaving home), but on a deeper level it is also about the affectionate and sometimes trying relationship between a mother and her child.
In the poem mother any distance the relationship in it is both of those two described above because there is a relationship between the two people which is very straight forward who could be measuring and there the close relationship between the mother and son by blood. While simon armitage's mother, any distance and elizabeth barrett-browning's sonnet 29 are both certainly love poems, they are concerned with quite different types of love. Mother, any distance is one line longer than sonnet form, which conveys the irregularity and imperfection of familial love walking away has consistent stanza lengths to convey growing up as a natural, steady process which contrasts the painful imagery.