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Suburban Sonnet Summary & Analysis
by Gwen Harwood

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The Australian poet Gwen Harwood wrote “Suburban Sonnet” during the peak of her career in the late 1960s. In this poem, the speaker describes a typical day in the life of a suburban housewife who fruitlessly chases her dreams of becoming a professional musician. Through this exploration of the woman’s internal conflict, the speaker delivers a subversive commentary about the psychological and emotional ramifications of modern motherhood. In doing so, the speaker illustrates the tension between the woman's mundane life and her innermost fantasies while also subverting the traditional sonnet form.

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