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A close reading of Sharon Old’s
35/10, I believe that the pair of details that best indicate that it is a story
of the daughter replacing the mother is “brown hair/silver hair” from “Brushing
out our daughter's brown/ silken hair before the mirror/ I see the grey
gleaming on my head,/ the silver-haired servant behind her.”
All the other pairs of details
are they were presented subsequently in the poem served to further emphasized
the “brown hair/silver hair” pair. Moreover, brown hair will eventually be
replaced by silver hair just like the theme of the poem – replacement. On the
other hand, cheekbones and jowls, and acne and dry skin are not necessarily an indication
of replacement while fertility and menopause do indicate replacement, it is not
as visual as brown hair turning into silver.
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Sep 8th, 2015
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