The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:
Yet, it is something I could spare.
Oh, if instead she’d left to me

The thing she took into the grave!—
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have.

(Edna St. Vincent Millay, “The Courage My Mother Had”)

What word best describes the tone of the poem above?


Help would be nice if anyone would like to give any.

2 Answer

  • Reflective would be my guess.
  • The persona here is being reflective.Meditating and considering this mother´s courage appears to be an attitude of someone who has just lost their mother.The persona thinks she needs the courage the mother had , but the mother is dead.The pain makes the persona utter these words as a final reflection on her mother´s courage.