Gwen Harwood

(8 June 1920 – 4 December 1995 / Taringa, Queensland)

In The Park - Poem by Gwen Harwood

She sits in the park. Her clothes are out of date.
Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt.
A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt
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Comments about In The Park by Gwen Harwood

  • Lucy James (2/4/2016 12:08:00 AM)

    Harwood is presenting a critical perspective on the expectations placed on women in a culture based on patriarchal values. Her 'housewife' poems, Blue Sappho, In the Park and Suburban Sonnet comment on the inequity of genders in the 1950s/60s and how women were entrapped in the domestic sphere. (Report) Reply

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  • Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (10/7/2015 2:10:00 AM)

    This is good no fantastic writing.A whole life gone by in a few lines…and in the end whoosh a stinging stand alone line..You can read it and reread loses no punch and leaves you contemplating the whole cycle.Just love it. (Report) Reply

  • Briony Nicholls Briony Nicholls (6/3/2015 9:30:00 AM)

    A poem that powerfully evokes feeling in quite a visual way. (Report) Reply

  • Red Red (3/5/2015 12:48:00 AM)

    For me this was thought provoking and sad though powerful. The last line was a whammy Gwen and I only hope this is not based on experience. (Report) Reply

  • Birgitta Abimbola Heikka Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (1/3/2015 9:01:00 PM)

    Nicely-written poem about the mundane things in life. Don't quite agree with the last line. (Report) Reply

  • Maya Hanson (1/4/2014 10:51:00 AM)

    I love this! not the sort of thing i usually read though...thank you poem of the day program :)
    ~mye3 poet (Report) Reply

  • Jamie Dewyer (1/3/2013 3:57:00 AM)

    wow, that is a great poem

    love is sacrifice, the ones you love the most, destroy you almost (Report) Reply

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