"Prayer before birth" by Louise Macneice and "Baby Song" by Thom Gunn.
Louis MacNeice's and Thom Gun's poems use the first voice to look at birth through babies' eyes. They help us see that babies, unborn or newborn, are living but powerless beings. They can think and feel but cannot make decisions or changes in their lives. MacNeice's piece is burdened with desperate pleas from the womb for a chance to live while Gunn's poem takes on a lighter tone towards a newborn's protest to leaving the comfortable and familiar womb.
Written in the form of a prayer, the "Prayer Before Birth" addresses God as its audience but the poet's intention is really to decry the h…
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