The River Mumma Wants Out Summary & Study Guide

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Stanza 1

The overall theme of Goodison's poem “The River Mumma Wants Out” is evident in the title. In Jamaican folklore, the River Mumma, or River Maiden, is similar to the mythological mermaid: half human, half fish. Traditionally, the River Mumma lives at the fountainhead of the island's large water channels, acting as protector of the water and of the creatures who live in it. The poem's title declares that the River Mumma would prefer to be absolved of her duties. Another meaning is also suggested by the title: the River Mumma may simply want to emerge from the water or rid herself of her somewhat confining physical form. Whichever of these meanings is implied, the change is in the course of happening.

The poem then begins with a question: “You can't hear?” With these three words, the narrator captures the reader's attention in several ways. First, the narrator's...

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