Dame Mary Gilmore (1865-1962)
The start of this poem, “I span and Eve span”, can be taken in many ways. In my mind, Dame Mary Gilmore is talking about herself and every woman that has been in the same position as she is writing about, all through time. This poem can be put in any decade on how women feel in her marriage.
It is about a woman who is in love with a man. The thread that is talked about is the bond they have. Though the man is made not to care and is a wanderer. Is he wondering to find work? Does he have a purpose? These are all the thing that are going through her mind. Being at home looking after the children and coping with being alone for long periods of time. This is the role men put women into as they thought they were the stronger sex, but as it has shown throughout time women are the stronger ones. They have to keep the family together, find food and most of all give love and encouragement to the family. Through all this, the bond has got stronger with them. Some of the time they feel that the thread has turned into a chain and was taking away their comforts in life.
As the poem goes further on it says that he is strong, fond and true. She thinks that he is weak, his fondness was fading and his wasn’t truthful. He was like a swing door in the wind. Then in from the wondering track he comes home. The thread is still there and they open up their arms to each other and embrace. She pulls him to her breast and everything is as it should be. I have a vision that in the time it was written the men could do as they pleased. Either to wonder off to find work or find other relationships. This is a very strong poem that shows a very strong women.