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Poppies Summary & Analysis
by Jane Weir

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“Poppies” is a poem by the English poet Jane Weir, first published in 2005 as part of her collection The Way I Dressed. Written in response to the poet Carol Ann Duffy’s call for more war poems about the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, Weir’s poem imagines the trials and difficulties of war from the perspective of a mother who sends her child off to fight. The poem investigates this grief by comparing it, through an extended metaphor, to the more general feeling of anxiety that all parents face as their children prepare to enter a frightening and often violent world.

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