When the bough breaks: Poetry on abortion

Wendy A Weaver, Marquette University


Collecting for the first time a significant number of poems written about the experience of abortion, this work provides an initial history and extended study of the poetry on abortion. It takes a formalist approach, closely examining the paradoxical terminology, imagery, and elegiac conventions found in such poetry. This study concludes that because these poems are paradoxical rather than didactic, they provide a valuable site where readers with differing ideologies can analyze and discuss the issue of abortion.

Recommended Citation

Weaver, Wendy A, "When the bough breaks: Poetry on abortion" (2006). Dissertations (1962 - 2010) Access via Proquest Digital Dissertations. AAI3255621.