‘My Mother Would Be a Falconress’ by Robert Duncan explores a son and mother’s relationship through the lens of a falcon breaking free from his handler.
'My Mother Would Be a Falconress' takes an interesting look at how challenging it can be to assert one's independence from their parents. As the speaker grows up, he harbors resentment and anger for his mother's rules and punishments, eventually turning against her. Growing up is challenging for the speaker, and eventually, he grows to regret his behavior.
My mother would be a falconress,
And I, her gay falcon treading her wrist,
would fly to bring back
from the blue of the sky to her, bleeding, a prize,
‘Indian Weavers’ explores the inevitability of death while celebrating the cycles of human existence and experience.
An entire lifetime appears to pass in the space of a single day because of the varied items the weavers make. This reminds the reader that life is short and must be valued.
‘In Memory of the Utah Stars’ captures the manner in which memories can provide us with both pleasure and pain.
Just as the players grow up and reach the first team, the fans grow up idolising certain players and making iconic memories through sport. The cancellation of the team appears to unnaturally interrupt the process of growing up.
‘The Forest’ by Susan Stewart is a complex, cyclical poem about how memories can give new life to things that no longer exist.
'The Forest' by Susan Stewart is about memories of one's childhood and how they can affect a person throughout their lives. While you cannot experience the world in the same way you did as a child, you can only remember what it was like to see the world through your own eyes in the past.
‘an afternoon nap’ by Arthur Yap explores the lacunae in the modern education system and how it results in anxiety and stress in students.
In this poem, Yap describes how a boy grows up in an environment filled with pressure, constant monitoring, and maltreatment.
Jean Bleakney’s ‘Consolidation’ is a deeply personal poem about the act of rearranging the cowry shells that the speaker and her children gathered in the past.
'Consolidation' by Jean Bleakney taps into the theme of growing up and tells the story of a mother missing her children.
‘Yellow Stars and Ice’ captures the unattainable nature of memory, even when it feels tantalizingly close at hand.
The poet seems to imply that a feeling of longing for the past is an inescapable part of growing up as there will always be nostalgia and things we wish we could experience again.
‘School’s Out’ by Amanda Gorman is a powerful poem that explores the experiences of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Growing up is an important topic at work in this poem. Gorman alludes to how COVID forced many students to give up their social activities, miss out on school events, and contend with unbelievable loss.
‘August, Los Angeles, Lullaby’ by Carol Muske-Dukes is a contemporary poem about bringing life into the world and the worries that plague a mother after giving birth.
The speaker considers what her child's life is going to be like as she grows up in this poem as well as what her own life was like growing up. The fact that she now has her own daughter has altered the way she thinks about the past.
‘Imagining Their Own Hymns’ by Brigit Pegeen Kelly is a memorable poem that speaks about the difference between how something appears and its reality.
Growing up is one of the major topics of this poem. The speaker is still quite young but the experiences she's having as a child are certainly crafting her opinion of the world for years to come.
‘Home’ by Edgar Guest is a moving and highly relatable poem in which the poet describes the necessity of turning a house into a home and how that process plays out.
The poet describes having and raising children as one of the many ways people bond with houses over many years. They are filled with memories of one's children and become hard to part with.
‘The Barefoot Boy’ by John Greenleaf Whittier is a highly relatable poem that speaks on universal themes of aging and the beauty and joy of youth. The poem celebrates a young boy’s freedom and mourns the coming of age.
Growing up is something that the poet implies is unavoidable and unfortunate. The speaker the poem features misses their youth desperately and the care free way of living young boys enjoy.