The rhetorical question; then if I need a lullaby, Good Doctor Donne will you attend?
’ associates poetry with a comforting image of a lullaby.
The tone shifts from sad and melancholy to a resolved certain tone.
This reflects the influence that memories have played in deepening the understanding of the individual.
This suggests that nothing can change or blur the joyful memories that she had with her parents, before time took them away.
Thus reflecting memories as a successful means to finding comfort in dealing with the loss of loved ones.That the passing of time is inevitable and brings about loss and change.This poem explores the nature of memories and the role they play in finding solace for this loss.Harwood in ‘A Valediction’ examines how physical and spiritual loves are important aspects of life.The two have contrasting features yet complement each other.The violets’, ‘A Valediction’ and ‘Sharpness of Death’Gwen Harwood poetry deeply explores many aspects of the human experience.In ‘The Violets’ her poetry explores the passage of time.This demonstrates the dependence one places on finding solace from once the circumstance of the memory is gone.The nature of the memory is explored and reflected through the enjambment ‘years cannot move, nor deaths disorientating scale distort those lamp lit presence’ the pace is increased as the emotion of the writer accentuates.‘A Valediction’ explores the importance of the balance between physical and spiritual love.Harwood explores the nature of both form of love and how each is needed to develop ultimate love.