Sunday, December 8, 2013

Review of "With Child" by Genevieve Taggard

"With Child" by Genevieve Taggard was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on December 8, 2013.  A link to the poem may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23800?utm_source=PAD%3A+With+Child+by+Genevieve+Taggard&utm_campaign=poemaday_120813&utm_medium=email

Genevieve Taggard (1894 - 1948) (pictured) founded the journal The Measure with several other writers in 1920. She taught at Mount Holyoke College, Bennington College, and Sarah Lawrence College.

The poem is presented in three stanzas of rhyming heroic couplets--the first six lines, the second eight lines, and the third six lines.  If the first two or last two stanzas were to be considered alone, each pair would form a sort of sonnet.

According to the Poem-A-Day editor's notes, "With Child" was composed when the poet was pregnant.  The poem expresses the mixed feelings of ladies in that condition.

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