"Spijt" ("Regret") is a poem by Flemish poet Willem Elsschot. First published in 1934, the poem was reprinted in his 1957 collected works without the final verse paragraph,[1] which contains a possibly controversial term for "woman".[2] The poem, which expresses the guilt[3] and desperate love felt too late by a son for the now-dead mother,[4] is one of Elsschot's best-known works. The last line of the sometimes-omitted paragraph, "Dient het wijf dat moeder heet" ("Serve the woman known as mother"), has become an oft-cited phrase in Dutch to suggest the difficulty of serving and even portraying motherhood.[5]

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  1. ^ Kets-Vree, A. (1982). Over Willem Elsschot: beschouwingen en interviews. The Hague: BZZTôH. p. 236. ISBN 9789062911219.
  2. ^ Sanders, Ewoud (9 October 2003). "Meer wijven". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ Roosen, C.J.A. (2004). "'Dient het wijf dat moeder heet': pathologische liefde tussen moeders en dochters". Adolescenten en de liefde: psychotherapie met adolescenten. Van Gorcum. p. 172. ISBN 9789023240075. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  4. ^ "'Dient het wijf dat moeder heet'". De Standaard. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  5. ^ Hanenberg, Patrick van den (24 January 1995). "Een bittere voorstelling over het wijf dat moeder heet". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 8 May 2012.

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