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Barn Owl written by Gwen Harwood conveys the idea of how growing up can be a painful experience. The poem tells the story of a child showing her father she is capable of responsibility and maturity, through disobedience and rebellion. The child is not prepared for the pain she has caused to the innocent bird and herself. In reassurance, the father tells her to end what she has started. The child learns a valuable lesson about growing up which the author transforms into a poem based on her own experiences. Throughout this poem, the author uses descriptions and past experiences to create an image of the trauma involved in growing up.
Barn Owls Description The barn owl is one of the species of owls. Barn owls might not be the largest owls, but they are not the smallest. Most owls have a round facial disk, but barn owls have a triangular facial disk.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. To the wind she says, 'They have eaten me alive. The protagonist of this poem, a mother of three, meets an old friend.