What Are Some Poems That Pay Tribute to a Grandmother?


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Two poems that honor and remember grandmothers are "Sestina" by Elizabeth Bishop and "Butterfly Laughter" by Katherine Mansfield. Both poems recall memories of the poet's grandmother with fondness.

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"Sestina" by Elizabeth Bishop is named after the form of poetry this piece follows. A sestina is a poem of fixed verse, with six stanzas of six lines each, followed by a three-line envoi. The last words of each line in the six stanzas are repeated and rotated in a set pattern. Although Bishop only published 101 poems during her life; critics call her influential, according to the Poetry Foundation. Bishop's style is marked by a keen sense of the physical world, and her poems often draw on the themes of desire, longing and grief. She was born in 1911 and died in 1979.

Katherine Mansfield was born in 1888 and died in 1923. She was a contemporary of novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf. According to the Poetry Foundation, Woolf often found herself jealous of Mansfield's style and verse. Woolf took great inspiration from Mansfield and learned from her style. Mansfield's style was sharp, and her word choices gave very specific images to the imagination, as they were very clear.

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