The Best Short Stories about Mothers and Motherhood

What are the best short stories about the theme of motherhood? And who are the best mother characters in short fiction? Below, we select and introduce some of the most famous, and most widely studied, short stories which deal with the subject of mothers and motherhood.

These stories range from female-authored to male-authored works, from stories about young mothers to stories about daughters’ attitudes to their mothers; there is even a story about a woman who never knew what it was to become a mother until she has to look after a neighbour’s children for a short time.

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A Short Analysis of Christina Rossetti’s ‘Sonnets Are Full of Love’

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

Christina Rossetti (1830-94) wrote many sonnets, so it should come as little surprise that, like Keats and Wordsworth before her, she wrote what we might call a ‘meta-sonnet’, about the virtues and values of the sonnet. Here, Rossetti focuses on the ‘first Love’ in her life, her mother.

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