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Seeing You Summary
Jean Valentine

Everything you need to understand or teach Seeing You by Jean Valentine.

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Seeing You Summary


Jean Valentine's “Seeing You” was first published in the 1990 January/February issue of American Poetry Review. Subsequently, the poem was included in Valentine's 1992 collection of poetry called The River at Wolf and then republished in the collection Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965- 2003 (2004).

Valentine often writes about her mother and her lovers. “Seeing You” combines these two subjects in an effort to show that the experience of getting to know one's mother and the intimacy of that relationship are similar to the experience of one's relationship with a lover. In particular, revelations of understanding—of truly “seeing” the mother or lover physically and emotionally—are much the same astounding turning points in life.

Valentine discusses in this poem a child's dependency on its mother for life and nurture as well as the realization that, despite her love, the mother has fears arising from the challenges of...

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