Hi Ash, thanks for your comments on MacNiece's 'Prayer Before Birth'. Very interesting point about its rhythm being like birth pangs. With the rise and fall, and the heavy accent on the last beat, it certainly does appear to have that effect, which makes the poem all the more powerful.Yes, I agree to it is universal in its cry of the human suffering, more haunting that the 'I' is not just the cry before birth, but even a cry before 'being'... as if an unformed and unborn life source from which we come is already making this cry of humanity... fits in with what you mentioned about the matrix of the womb. )Thanks again for visiting our blog. We haven't been keeping the blog alive, until recently when one of us decided to get things going again. Most of us are quite tied down presently, but with encouragement like yours, we just might try to keep it up.
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