Comparison of “Washing Day” and “Waiting Room” What is a child? What is a woman? While the dates of “Washing Day” by Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1825) and “Waiting Room” (2010) are from different times, these two poems could be used to describe life as a child and life as a woman. The viewpoints of the child and of the woman in each poem show the expectations of the culture and of society. The “Washing Day” and the “Waiting Room” will be analyzed using the plots, settings, and imagery to show the interaction with the culture and society. The “Washing Day” by Anna Barbauld (1825) describes the washing day in the eyes of a woman, and later as a child. Society, during the time period that Barbauld lived believed that it was the woman’s duty to do...The end:
.....ders. Each poem showed the expectations of society during different time periods. The plots of the two poems were similar in that the poems expressed domestic roles of women and children. References Barbauld, A. (1825). The Works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld with a memoir by Lucy Aikin . London: Longman. Retrieved from http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/barbauld/works/bal-washing.html Bishop, E. (2010). In the waiting room. Retrieved from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/in-the-waiting-room/ Bowen, C. (2008). Frames of reference: Paterson in “In the Waiting Room”. Twentieth Century Literature, 54(4), 472-492. Markidou, V. (2007). ‘Bubble[s]’ and female verse: A reading of Anna Laeticia Barbauld’s ‘Washing-Day’. Critical Survey, 19(2), 19-33.