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Before You Were Mine Summary & Analysis
by Carol Ann Duffy

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"Before You Were Mine" was written by the contemporary British poet Carol Ann Duffy, published in her 1993 collection Mean Time. The poem's speaker imagines her mother's glamorous, vivacious, fun-loving youth—all before her life was taken over by parenthood. The poem becomes a powerful tribute to the speaker's mother, and to mothers generally, highlighting the sacrifices they make for their children and arguing that there is more to them than motherhood.

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